(FreedomBeacon.com)- With rising crime throughout major metropolitan areas getting quite a bit of attention both in the media and from the White House, a couple of recent polls have been released surveying Americans on crime.
A recent Hill/Harris poll from late June showed that sixty percent of registered voters say that crime in their communities has remained at the same level it was last year. 23% responded that crime is up in their community while only 17% said crime has decreased.
Those who said crime has remained the same included 68% among urban voters, 62% among suburban voters, and 51% of rural voters.
This is not entirely surprising. The spike in violent crime began over one year ago. And, except for areas like Minneapolis and Portland, violent crime, though statistically higher, is not significantly higher compared to a year ago.
A Washington Post/ABC News poll released on Friday, July 2, found that nearly half (48%) of Americans disapprove of President Biden’s handling of violent crime, whereas only 38% approve.
51% of respondents prefer stricter enforcement of existing guns laws over President Biden’s plans to enact new ones. Similarly, 53% said Biden’s stricter gun control plans would do nothing to reduce violent crime.
Regarding the police, 55% in the Washington Post/ABC News poll want funding for police departments increased – which may explain why Democrats are currently spinning like tops to claim that it is Republicans, and not Democrats, who want to defund the police.
While some claim the recent crime wave that began in the summer of 2020 was a result of lockdowns due to the COVID pandemic, others believe it coincides with the war against law enforcement that went into full swing after the in-custody death of George Floyd.
It is undeniable that cities who chose to defund or reduce funding to police departments experienced an increase in violent crime. New York, Minneapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Atlanta, Portland, Seattle, Philadelphia and Washington DC have seen murder rates increase in 2021 compared to 2020. And every one of those cities either reduced funding or defunded law enforcement.
Homicides over all for the US have increased 24% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter of 2020.