According to a new survey from Rasmussen Reports, voters who have experienced violent, anti-police protesters in person over the summer are much more likely to vote for President Donald Trump in November.
Three-out-of-four voters who’ve had violent anti-police protests in their community rate those protests important to their vote in the presidential election. Among these voters, a sizable majority like the job President Trump is doing.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters have had anti-police protests in their community this summer. Nearly half (48%) of these voters say the protests in their community have turned violent. Among all voters, 65% say the violent protests are important to their vote in the presidential election this fall, with 41% who say it’s Very Important.
Among those who have had violent protests in their community, even more (76%) rate them important to their vote, including 54% who say they are Very Important. Sixty-three percent (63%) of these voters Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing versus 35% who Strongly Disapprove.
While most of these protests are driven by activists who want to strip money away from law enforcement and redirect it towards social programs that will somehow magically make the police unnecessary, Rasmussen found that most voters are adamantly opposed to the idea. Indeed, 66% of respondents said that they do not approve of defunding the police in their own community, and 61% believe that communities that defund the police will see a rise in violent crime.
We’ll be honest: It’s disturbing that these numbers are only in the low-to-mid sixties. Especially since these communities have ALREADY seen dramatic spikes in crime. The experiments have been run, and we’ve seen that even the small amount of defunding Democrats have tried thus far (in combination with understandably low morale across the country’s law enforcement agencies) has already led to disastrous results. That there are still 40+% of Americans who think defunding the police is a good idea…we’re not even sure what to say about that.
Sadly, these violent protests are happening, by and large, in cities with such an iron-clad Democratic stronghold that it’s impossible to imagine them swinging towards the president. But when you look at this on a national scale and include towns and communities just outside your Seattles…your Portlands…your Minneapolises…we could definitely see this chaos playing a role in the 2020 election.