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Poll: Dems Blame Guns, Racism For Crime Spike, 37% Think Police Are ‘Too Tough’ On Criminals

Washington, DC – Democrats believe “rising gun sales” and “systemic racism” are to blame for the nationwide spike in crime, but they also think police are “too tough” on most criminals, according to a new poll.

Yahoo News/YouGov conducted the survey of 1,592 U.S. adults between June 22 and June 24 and found that 55 percent of Americans described “violent crime” as “a very big problem” in this country, Yahoo News reported.

The poll revealed that number was six percent higher than it was in May, and showed it wasn’t just Republican voters who were worried about skyrocketing crime.

Only 45 percent of Democrats called violent crime “a very big problem” in May, but that number jumped to 53 percent in June, Yahoo News reported.

Republicans who felt the same way went from 56 percent in May to 65 percent in June.

In May, 43 percent of Americans disapproved of how President Joe Biden was handling the crime problem in the United States, Yahoo News reported.

By June, 47 disapproved.

While the Yahoo News/YouGov survey showed fewer Democrats disapproved of the President’s handling of rising crime than Republicans, his approval ratings in that area were still far lower than nearly every other issue facing the United States, Yahoo News reported.

The poll also showed that Republicans and Democrats disagreed about what had caused the spike in crime and what should be done about it.

The survey showed 66 percent of Democrats thought the top reason for skyrocketing violent crime nationwide was “rising gun sales,” according to Yahoo News.

Sixty-two percent of Democrats polled thought “systemic racism” was also a top cause of the rising violent crime problem in America.

On the other hand, 69 percent of Republicans blamed “the racial justice movement” itself for what was happening across the country, Yahoo News reported.

However, at the same time Democrats agreed crime was on the rise in the United States, the Yahoo News/YouGov poll showed they don’t want to get tougher on crime.

The survey showed 37 percent of Democrats thought law enforcement was “too tough on most offenders,” Yahoo News reported.

Only 21 percent said police weren’t tough enough and just 15 percent thought law enforcement had enforcement “about right.”

The Republican response was dramatically different, Yahoo News reported.

The poll revealed that 52 percent of Republicans felt police were not tough enough on criminals, and 29 percent said they had it “about right.”

Yahoo News/YouGov released the poll results at the same time President Biden was touting his administration having bolstered the fight against crime by making federal dollars available to communities through the American Rescue Plan, Yahoo News reported.

“Cities experiencing an increase in gun violence were able to use the American Rescue Plan dollars to hire police officers needed for community policing and to pay their overtime,” the President said.

Last week, he blamed gun violence for the “staggering” surge of crime across the United States and took aim at Second Amendment advocates, saying Americans would need nuclear weapons and jets to take on the government.

“The Second Amendment from the day it was passed limited the type of people who could own a gun and what type of weapon you could own,” the President said. “You couldn’t buy a cannon.”

Historians have been unable to find any evidence that individuals couldn’t buy cannons in the 1700s, according to Austin American-Statesman.

Then he bumbled whatever he was trying to say and started mocking a quote from Thomas Jefferson.

“Those who say the blood of patriots, you know, and all the stuff about how we’re gonna have to move against the government,” President Biden continued. “Well, the tree of liberty is not watered with the blood of patriots.”

The president was referencing Thomas Jefferson’s quote which said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

“What happens is, that there never been – if you wanted to think you need to have weapons to take on the government – you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons,” he said. “My point is there’s always been the ability to limit, rationally limit, the type of weapon that can be owned and who can own it.”

The President insisted his strategies were in line with the Second Amendment as it exists.

“We’re not changing the Constitution. We’re enforcing it,” President Biden said.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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