Americans are giving President Biden dismal ratings on his handling of rising crime, new poll finds.
The ABC News / Washington Post poll released Friday morning found that only 38% of Americans approve of the 46th Commander-in-Chief’s response to recent spikes in nationwide crime.
On the other side, 48 percent said they disapproved.
As crime rates continued to rise, lawmakers were quick to point fingers to keep their party from being blamed.
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Republicans have widely argued that Democrats’ efforts to fund police, remove qualified police immunity, and introduce cashless bail all contributed to the emerging crisis.
Democrats, meanwhile, blamed the guns and economic hardships in the wake of the pandemic.
In New York, state officials blamed the upsurge in shootings on gun trafficking from other parts of the country, largely ignoring the impact of bail reform on the state.
Murders increased by about 25% nationwide in 2020. At the end of May, New York City had 17.4% more murders, 73% more shootings and 24.9% car thefts. more than at the same time in May 2020.
The ABC / WaPo poll found that Americans were almost equally divided on which party to trust to fight crime, with Republicans beating Democrats by 36% to 35%, respectively.
Twenty percent said they did not trust either party to handle the problem.
The poll also found that the number of Americans who viewed crime as an extremely serious problem was at an all-time high of 28% in 20 years.
That number drops to 59% when those who rated it as very serious – as opposed to extremely – are added to the tally.
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Regarding solutions, 75 percent of survey participants said increasing funding for economic opportunities in poorer areas would reduce crime, while 65 percent said using social workers to help the police would make a difference.
Fifty-five percent said increased police funding as a solution, 51 percent said stricter enforcement of current gun laws and 46 percent said stricter gun laws fire.
Representatives for President Biden did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment on the poll’s results.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki has repeatedly claimed in recent weeks that crime increased “18 months ago” – despite the fact that side-by-side comparisons of the first five months of 2020 and 2021 show a significant increase in murders and auto thefts.
Biden faces a political minefield over the issue of crime, particularly ahead of the midterms of 2022.
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Liberal and Conservative pundits have warned that soaring crime could ruin Democrats’ political fortunes and potentially send former President Donald Trump back to the White House.
To complicate matters further, Biden – once infamous for pushing or drafting laws in the 1980s and 1990s that disproportionately jailed black people and sent some people to life in prison for marijuana – can’t risk getting himself out of hand. alienate left-wing defenders who support the fundraising movement.
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