Newly released polling data shows Americans are fed up with “soft on crime” prosecutors.
“A new national telephone and online survey by the National Police Association and Rasmussen Reports finds that 58% of Likely U.S. voters believe a law permitting an appointed state oversight committee with the ability to remove state attorneys from office if they won’t prosecute violent crimes would improve safety,” Rasmussen said. “Just 21% disagree, while another 20% are not sure.”
The poll comes as violent crime has spiked around the country since the string of violent Black Lives Matter Riots beginning in the summer of 2020.
“With violent crime surging out of control nationwide, a majority of voters support proposed new laws that would replace local district attorneys who fail to prosecute criminals,” Rasmussen said.
Prosecutors in cities around the country have stopped prosecuting many crimes, often in the name of racial equity.
“Show me a city with soaring crime and I’ll show you a city with a rogue prosecutor,” said Kevin Roberts, President of the Heritage Foundation.
The poll comes on the heels of another poll that found the majority of Americans believe the “Defund the Police” movement contributed to the rise in violent crime.
A Politico/Morning Consult poll published this week reports that 75% of Americans say “the defunding of police departments” is “a reason that violent crime is increasing in the United States.” The poll also showed that 49% say defunding police was a “major reason” for the rise in violent crime while 26% said it was a “minor reason.” Only 25% said it was “not a reason” for the spike in violent crime.
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