Defunding The Police Is Now A Majority Position For Democrats
According to a new poll by ABC News and Ipsos, a majority of Democrats now support defunding the police.
When asked the question, “Do you support or oppose the movement to ‘defund the police’?” 55 percent of Democrats said they supported it. In contrast, only 9 percent of Republicans were in favor. Overall, just under two-thirds of Americans oppose defunding the police. Independents were similarly against the movement, with 67 percent opposed.
The survey also asked respondents whether they would support “reducing the budget of the police department in your community, even if that means fewer police officers, if the money is shifted to programs related to mental health, housing, and education.” Sixty percent of all respondents were against the idea. Among Democrats, however, 59 percent supported such a change.
Respondents’ positions on defunding the police were also significantly divided by race and age. Fifty-seven percent of African-Americans said they supported the “defund the police” movement, compared with 42 percent of Hispanics and only 26 percent of whites.
Support for defunding the police also decreases with age. Of respondents aged 18-29, 46 percent were in support, compared with 42 percent of Americans aged 30-49, 26 percent of those 50-64, and 19 percent of those over 64.
Despite the shift in their party, Democratic leaders have attempted to distance themselves from the “defund the police” movement. Most significantly, the party’s presidential nominee came out against it earlier this week. A campaign spokesman said on Monday that Biden “does not believe that police should be defunded.”
Former presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris has refused to take a stance, twice answering the question of whether she supports defunding the police by vaguely describing her desire to “reimagine” American public safety.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has also dodged questions on the issue, responding to
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