New Poll Shows More Americans Want Increased Spending On Police

According to a new Pew Research Center poll, the number of Americans who want more spending on police is increasing, standing in stark contrast to the ‘defund the police’ calls a year ago.

Survey results from the Pew Research Centre were conducted September 13-19.

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In comparison to 2020, Americans are more inclined than ever before to pay for police.

“Support for reducing spending on police has fallen significantly: 15% of adults now say spending should be decreased, down from 25% in 2020,” Pew noted. “And only 6% now advocate decreasing spending a lotThis is a decrease of 12% from last year’s 12%. At the same time, 37% of adults now say spending on police should stay about the same, down from 42% in 2020.”

Pew observed a marked shift in attitudes on this issue from one year ago.

“The share of adults who say spending on policing in their area should be increased now stands at 47%, up from 31% in June 2020,” Pew observed. “That includes 21% who say funding for their local police should be increased a lot, up from 11% who said this last summer.”

These results come amid growing concerns about violence in America.

Sixty-one percent of adult respondents in July 2021 stated that violent crime was a serious problem. This number was just 41 percent in 2020. 

Last month, an FBI report revealed that the number of homicides rose by almost 30 percent compared to 2020.

This jump is the greatest increase in an annual period since record keeping began.

Pew noted also that 49% of Whites, 46% of Hispanics and 38% of Blacks believe spending should increase on police. 

“Black adults (23%) are more likely to say that police funding should be decreased than those who are White (13%) or Hispanic (16%),” Pew reported. “Some 22% of Asian adults say spending should be reduced, which is statistically higher than the share among White adults but not higher than the share among Hispanic adults.”

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The Age Gap is Widening

These views have also seen an increase in the age gap.

Pew reported, “The age gap in views about police funding has widened since 2020, mainly because views have shifted more dramatically among those ages 50 and older.”

“The share of adults in this age group who say police spending should be increased has jumped 22 percentage points since 2020 (from 37% to 59%), while the increase has been more modest among those younger than 50 (from 26% to 36%),” Pew noted.

“Both age groups have seen a drop-off in support for reduced spending on local police,” Pew reported. “These age patterns are similar among White and Black adults, as well as across parties.”


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