A new poll has found that black Americans overwhelmingly oppose rioters’ demands of defunding the police.
The YouGov/HuffPost poll found that most Americans do want police reform, such as banning chokeholds, but defunding the police was the least popular policy they asked about.
“Self-described liberals support defunding the police by a 13-point margin,” HuffPost reported. “But nearly every other ideological and demographic group opposes it. Democrats and Democratic leaners oppose it by a 4-percentage point margin, and Black Americans oppose it by a 20-point margin.”
They found that while about a quarter of black Americans support defunding the police, 49 percent oppose the idea.
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The divide over defunding police is also partisan, “self-described liberals support defunding the police by a 13-point margin. But nearly every other ideological and demographic group opposes it. Democrats and Democratic leaners oppose it by a 4-percentage point margin, and Black Americans oppose it by a 20-point margin.”
“By contrast, solid majorities of the public favor banning police chokeholds (73% support this), creating a federal registry for complaints against officers (72%), developing a national standard for police use of force (69%), making it easier for the federal government to charge officers for using excessive force (68%), assigning independent prosecutors to handle cases where officers use fatal force (67%) and eliminating officers’ “qualified immunity” against misconduct lawsuits (59%),” the pollsters noted.
The poll found that white people and Republicans are most opposed to defunding police, as well as older Americans.