Crime rates have skyrocketed across the nation in the months since demonstrators took to the streets last summer to protest claims of alleged police brutality — and it seems Americans have taken notice.
In a devastating blow to Joe Biden and his claims that his presidency would bring peace and unity to an increasingly divided electorate, a new poll shows nearly 3 in 4 voters believe there is more crime in America today than there was just a year ago, when Donald Trump was still in the White House, Breitbart reported Wednesday.
Crime is rising – and virtually everyone sees it
The Fox News poll, conducted May 22–25, surveyed just over 1,000 registered voters nationwide and had a margin of error of 3%.
Asked if they felt crime had increased across the country over the last 12 months, 73% of respondents said yes. Seventeen percent said they feel there’s less crime today than a year ago, while 7% said nationwide crime rates remained about the same.
Three percent were reportedly unsure.
Asked the same question but on a local level, 54% said they saw a spike in crime, while 28% said they saw less.
Another 15% of respondents said crime in their communities had remained consistent over the last year. Two percent were unsure.
Americans still trust the police
Looking deeper at the demographics, the perception that crime has increased nationally appears to cut evenly across nearly all racial, age, gender, education, wealth, and geographic groups. Even white, college-educated, Democratic voters who cast their ballots for Biden last November say they’ve seen an uptick in crime nationwide.
Perhaps more surprising, however, is that Fox‘s poll found trust in law enforcement remains high. Nearly three-quarters of respondents — 72% — said they have trust and confidence in the police, even a year after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
According to Fox, 36% of respondents said they have “a great deal” of trust in law enforcement, and another 36% said they have a “fair amount” of faith in those in uniform.
Roughly 1 in 4 — 27% — lacked trust in the police altogether, with 19% of those saying they have “not very much” confidence in the police and 7% saying they have “none at all.”
Needless to say, President Biden would be wise to avoid the anti-cop rhetoric emanating from his far-left flank. While it the narrative be popular among progressives, it’s clear that Americans just aren’t buying it.