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YouGov Poll Finds Only 16% Americans Want to ‘Defund the Police’; 65% Oppose

Democrats calling for abolishing or defunding police departments

By Katy Grimes, June 5, 2020 7:27 am

Earlier this week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced he was cutting $150 million from the police department budget and would give it to communities of color instead,” California Globe reported. Across the country, Democrats are calling for police departments to be abolished entirely or defunded.

Garcetti, who was photographed taking a knee in with black leaders, even said he will put a moratorium on adding names of people into the CalGang database.

Garcetti’s handlers and pollsters may want to reconsider. A YouGov poll found “despite calls by activists and protesters to defund police departments, most Americans do not support reducing law enforcement budgets. Close to two-thirds (65%) oppose cutting police force funding. Just 16 percent of Democrats and 15 percent of Republicans support that idea.”

The poll was conducted from May 29 – 30, George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer, but before the worst of the rioting in America’s big cities.

The poll also found strong bipartisan support for more training for police officers on how to de-escalate conflicts and avoid using force: 94% support among Democrats; 83% support among Republicans. A similar number of Democrats (91%) and Republicans (82%) support outfitting all police officers with body cameras.

This poll demonstrates that California’s politicians are horrifically out of touch with the people who elected them, along with the main stream media, which is pushing this bad idea.

In a statewide total of 40 million Californians, 135 people were shot and killed by police in 2019:

  • 22 blacks were shot and killed by California police
  • 32 whites were shot and killed by California police
  • 45 hispanics were shot and killed by California police
  • 12 blacks armed with a gun were shot and killed by police

“LA City Council President Nury Martinez tweeted a full copy of the planned motion last night. ‘Today we introduced a motion to cut funding to the LAPD, as we reset our priorities in the wake of the murder of #GeorgeFloyd & the #BlackLivesMatter call that we all support to end racism [sic],’” the tweet reads. “‘This is just one small step. We cannot talk about change, we have to be about change.’”

A statement from the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said their union, which represents rank-and-file officers, learned of the motion through a Twitter post, and called statements in it “offensive,” Los Angeles Daily News reported.

“To declare that the work police officers perform, that we’ve been directed to do, is designed to harm people of color while Ms. Martinez repeatedly sends us into harm’s way is divisive, disrespectful and certainly is no profile in courage,” the statement said.

A friend asked, as Mayor of Los Angeles with Garcetti and his left wing city council are seeking to transfer up to $250 million to “communities of color” outside agencies, how much of that $250 million of taxpayer funds will end up going to the Democrat Party’s Presidential Campaign?

“Nature abhors a vacuum,” Aristotle explained, which means according to the laws of nature and physics, empty or unfilled spaces are unnatural. Wherever there is a void, the universe seeks to fill it.

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71 thoughts on “YouGov Poll Finds Only 16% Americans Want to ‘Defund the Police’; 65% Oppose

    1. I mean of course the Democrats want to defund the police. & give to the poor communities, just another way to funnel money to themselves. All of this clowns need to go! What the hell is happening to our country! Vote these zoo dirt liberals out……., if not we as a society are doomed.

      1. Police should be illegal, no one voted for them.
        We should only use Sheriffs, and limit both them and deputies to two term limits. If we vote for other public servants, we should vote for those who have power to kill us and order us around. Its the American way.

      2. Outrageous. Police should be illegal, no one voted for them.
        We should only use Sheriffs, and limit both them and deputies to two term limits. If we vote for other public servants, we should vote for those who have power to kill us and order us around. Its the American way.

  1. Thanks Katy,
    Unfortunately facts do not matter to those who want to fracture this country.
    The Aristotle quote says it all.
    Who would fill the vacuum of policing? Gangs, vigilantes, mobs…..
    Take your pick but a void needs to be filled!
    Another reason to vet your politicians carefully.

  2. I believe that the politicians and city council of Los Angeles should be removed and replaced with the police to further move the city into a better place. The city has been a disgrace for a very long time does absolutely nothing to better the lives of it’s people.

  3. I believe that by cutting police salaries our safety is in jeopardy. In regards to the horrible incident in Missouri we need more officers to keep order and protect our citizens.

    This situation seems to necessitate the hiring of more Police in lieu of cutting. Not only is crime up but the rally’s and groups protesting necessitated a vast number of additional officers. This is not the time for cuts.
    Our police are needed more now then ever

  4. Anarchy, chaos and poverty will result. Businesses can’t operate with mobs looting them so they will close or leave the state. A power vacuum will be filled by gangs or other malefactors. Before long millions of Californian’s will be streaming out of the state. Once they get to a law abiding state they will dismantle the law enforcement there.

    1. You’re right. CA is already at a place where criminals can walk into a store and take what they want and walk out with no repercussions. That’s not a “social mental health issue”, instead it’s a “I want it, I’ll take it” issue. Defunding the police is going to bring us back to the Wild West. Instead of pulling money from the Police, tax the corporations and pharmaceutical billionaires for causing the drug problems and creating massive wage gaps.

      1. I just read that about San Francisco a few weeks ago. People just walk into stores and grab what they want and walk out. Also just read an article about how leftist president Obrador in Mexico tried to use social outreach programs to reduce crime and the number of youth that join cartels. After 10 months the program is such a failure that deaths are higher than ever and the military is looking to step in before the country falls completely. I fear the same thing will happen here in cities with no police. These people are beyond stupid they are knowingly complicit in destroying their country.

  5. The police chief should be elected if you don’t like his performance recall him. If you think the riots were bad defund the police and gangs will take over. When city is in ruins don’t ask for federal help

  6. I believe It would be beyond foolish to defund the police departments. whoever believes we should, is not functioning on all cylinders!! They’re is definitely a few cards missing from their deck!

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