America Does Not Approve of Soft-on-Crime Policies

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There is a reason why Democrats are trying to pretend to be taking a hard stance on crime. After years of demonizing law enforcement and supporting the “Defund the Police” movement, left-leaning candidates seeking office seek to convince the nation that they are not as soft on crime as their critics claim.

However, the result of a recent Harvard Harris poll shows the public is not buying it. Despite their best efforts, people view the Democrats as a party that is not serious about protecting the citizenry from violent criminals.

The survey revealed that 66 percent of Americans believe crime is rising nationally. This includes 81 percent of Republicans, 55 percent of Democrats, and 60 percent of Independents.

Additionally, a majority (64 percent) of respondents blamed “woke politicians” for the increase in crime. This includes 75 percent of Republicans, 52 percent of Democrats, and 60 percent of Independents.

Even worse for Democrats, President Joe Biden’s approval on the crime issue is at 39 percent.

As if that’s not bad enough, “crime and drugs” was rated as the fourth most important issue facing the country by 18 percent of respondents. Even further, 94 percent of participants indicated that crime was “somewhat” or “very” important to their vote in the upcoming midterm elections. Additionally, 47 percent indicated that crime would make them more likely to support a Republican candidate while 35 percent said the same of Democrats.

As crime remains an issue, this is horrific news for the left.

Even though the activist media is not interested in covering the matter, people are seeing how woke prosecutors are endangering the public by protecting violent criminals more than civilians. They are employing ill-advised bail reform policies that allow dangerous people back on the street to continue victimizing people.

Just last month, a police officer in Texas was murdered by two suspects who were released on paltry bail amounts despite being arrested for murder. The issue arose in Yolo County, California after it instituted a $0 bail policy in 2020. The Sacramento Bee reported:

People released from jail under Yolo County’s “$0 bail” policy went on to be re-arrested 70% of the time, according to a new report released by the District Attorney’s Office. In April 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Judicial Council took the step of imposing a statewide emergency bail schedule, ending the requirement of cash bail for low-level offenders in a bid to reduce the spread of the virus among inmates. The order set bail at $0 for most misdemeanor and lower-level felony charges. The emergency order was lifted in June 2020, though individual counties were permitted to make their own decisions on whether to keep $0 bail in place.

It is clear to the rest of the nation that letting violent criminals out onto the streets is a deadly idea for those affected. Instead, the only answer Democrats seem to favor is pursuing stricter gun control laws, which only embolden criminals.

It is also worth noting that even blue cities have indicated their disapproval of woke prosecutors going easy on violent criminals. San Francisco district attorney Chesa Boudin was ousted in a recall election because he wasn’t doing enough to protect residents of the city. The same almost happened to Los Angeles prosecutor George Gascon, who might have lost his position if the effort to recall them was better handled.

The bottom line is that crime is not going away as an issue anytime soon. The only way this won’t continue to be an albatross around the Democrats’ necks is if something is done to address the problem. Unfortunately, under Democratic governance, this is unlikely to happen, which is why the issue makes voters more like to support Republicans.


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