While President Donald Trump’s “law and order” approach to widespread unrest following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police has faced criticism from many in the media, it seems everyday Americans aren’t sold on the idea of letting rioters run rampant.
In a win for Trump as November inches ever closer, the Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard reported Friday that a new survey shows more than 3 in 4 Americans believe “it is time to ‘restore law and order'” in the wake of often-violent protests over alleged police brutality and systemic racism.
“77% of likely voters in the survey said it is time to ‘restore law and order’ after the rioting, which has cooled off,” Bedard wrote. “And it was not just on the back of Republican support. The pollsters found that restoring law and order was supported by 62% of Democrats, 70% of Hispanics, and 57% of [B]lack people.”
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According to Bedard, the new poll was conducted by McLaughlin & Associates for Secure America Now. The group reportedly asked 1,000 likely participants in the upcoming general election — 36% of whom were Democrats, 33% percent Republicans, and 31% independents — about what the next steps for America should be following Floyd’s death and subsequent unrest.
One question read: “Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? After the violent protests that included looting and rioting, it’s time to restore law and order.” As Bedard noted, an overwhelming majority agreed.
But that’s not the only point voters are siding with Trump on. Participants were also asked for their thoughts on the left’s approach — namely, ongoing pushes to “defund the police,” which have come from the likes of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN), though establishment Dems like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have resisted such calls, as Politico noted earlier this month.
When asked about defunding local police departments, 57% of respondents told pollsters it was a “bad idea,” according to Bedard. Just 30% said it was a “good idea,” with the rest undecided.
A full 46% of Black voters polled said they supported the idea, according to Bedard.
Among the reasons cited by voters for their disapproval of pushes to defund the police, an increase in crime was listed as a No. 1 concern, with 68% of respondents saying they believed “the defunding of local police would cause crime to increase,” according to the poll.
Bedard also pointed out that 83% percent of respondents took issue with the fact that “small minority businesses were unfair victims of the looting and rioting that took place during the protests over George Floyd’s death.” According to the columnist, that includes 79% of Black respondents.
As we know, polls can only establish facts; the conclusions drawn afterward are merely inferred. Still, these polls can often provide valuable insight into the state of Americans’ minds — and as November draws closer, the numbers will only be more important.
Indeed, it seems that by and large, Americans don’t want their police departments to be abolished. President Trump would be wise to keep this in mind as he returns to the campaign trail this weekend.
I just spoke to the highly respected Mayor of Tulsa, G.T. Bynum, who informed me there will be no curfew tonight or tomorrow for our many supporters attending the #MAGA Rally. Enjoy yourselves – thank you to Mayor Bynum! @gtbynum
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2020