The majority of Black and other minority voters are largely concerned about potential police shortage in their neighborhoods. The study, which was released on Thursday, notes that 84% of African Americans and 70% of other minorities shared similar concerns. About two-thirds (66%) of white Americans also worried about a possible reduction in the number of police officers according to the Rasmussen report.
Additionally, 59% of the likely voters believe there was a “war on police” taking place in the United States. This figure was an increase from less than half (43%) of American voters who had the same concerns two years ago. Eighty percent (80%) of Republicans, 60% of the unaffiliated, and 39% of democrats made the observation.
“Following the assassination attempt on two Los Angeles County police officers this past weekend, most whites, blacks, and other minority voters are in general agreement that there is a war on police in America today,” the report said.
Consequently, 59% of the respondents supported the adoption of “Blue Lives Matter” legislation within their states. these laws would raise the penalties for attacking law enforcement officers and first responders. However, 25% of potential voters oppose such measures.
White voters supported Blue Lives Matter Laws by 63%, African Americans by 52%, and other minorities by 49%. Party-wise, 79% of GOP voters Supported the pro-police laws while 55% and 45% of the unaffiliated and democrats supported the measures respectively.
Sixty-eight percent (68%) of all the respondents were “concerned” that police shortage would lead to reduced public safety while 44% said they were “very concerned.” About 30% of those polled had no concerns about the effects of police shortage on public safety.
The report was released in the backdrop of the ongoing Defund the Police movement which has led to the slashing of police budgets in various police departments by as much as $150 billion jurisdictions such as New York City.
“Sizable majorities in most demographic categories worry that deadly attacks on the police will lead to a shortage of cops and reduce public safety in their community,” the report authors concluded.