In early June, 27% of Americans supported draining money from police forces and using the cash to bolster community outreach programs, while 59% of Americans didn’t like the idea. Now, after more than 50 days of constant protests in cities from Atlanta to Portland, more Americans are moving away from shrinking police forces.
The latest Rasmussen poll shows just 23% of Americans are on board with pulling money from local law enforcement, while the number opposes has risen to 66%. The number opposed is very close to the percentage who think crime will increase if police funding is cut, 61%.
Amazingly, 12% think crime will fall if police forces lose funding.
While there were some differences among ethnic groups and along party lines, overall every group thought defunding the police was a bad idea.