While some progressives have been peddling a "defund the police" agenda, a Politico Morning Consult poll of registered voters found that a majority believed that increased funding for police departments would lead to a decline in the incidence of violent crime in the U.S.
While 36% thought that the rate of violent crime in the country would decline "a lot" if police departments received more money, 33% thought that it would decline "some," and 22% thought that it would not decline.
While 7% thought that lowering the amount of funding for police departments would result in the incidence of violent crime falling by "a lot" and 13% thought this would result in "some" decline in crime, a whopping 68% thought that decreasing police funding would not lower crime in America.
A majority in the poll thought that the violent crime rate would fall if social workers were hired to assist law enforcement in dealing with individuals experiencing emotional issues. While 26% thought this would lead to crime decreasing "a lot," 37% believed crime would fall "some," and 25% thought that this would not lead to less crime.
The poll, which noted that some people contend that violent crime is increasing in the country, asked people about the extent to which they viewed defunding police departments as a cause of rising crime. While 49% indicated that defunding the police represents a "Major reason" for rising crime, 26% viewed it as a "Minor reason," while 25% did not consider it a reason.
Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri is one of the lawmakers who has been pushing the movement to defund police.
"My colleagues keep telling us to wait. They keep telling us defunding the police and investing in communities won’t work. Well their policies keep ending up with police murdering Black people. Enough patronizing. Listen to the movements that are telling you how to save lives," Bush tweeted last week.