A large majority of voters are fed up with crime in Democrat-run cities and vow to not for candidates who are supporting policies that handcuff police on stopping violent crimes.
The Convention of States Action asked voters for their positions on candidates who support policies that keep police from detaining criminals for crimes like kidnapping and armed robbery.
The poll conducted by The Trafalgar Group found a combined 95.6% say they are less likely to vote for candidates who support policies that keep police from doing their jobs:
- 76.9% say not likely at all
- 18.7% not very likely
"Crime is the beneath-the-iceberg issue for voters in 2022, it's absolutely clear in these numbers," Convention of States President Mark Meckler wrote in his analysis of the findings. "The new wave of pro-criminal, anti-justice policies in Democrat-led blue cities are impacting everyone, which is why this poll shows such a strong response when asking people how they feel about this specific policy."
Still, there are a scant few still buying the anti-police narratives that were rampant during the 2020 presidential campaign, as 4.5% of voters say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports policies that prevent police from detaining criminals charged with violent crimes, such as kidnapping and armed robbery:
- 1.7% say somewhat more likely
- 2.8% say very likely
Even Democrats are abandoning the pro-crime, anti-police agenda as cities have become increasing unsafe during a crime wave under President Joe Biden, according to the analysis.
Just 6.3% of Democrats say they are more likely to vote to candidates running on handcuffing policing, while 93.7% of Democrats are less likely to vote for those candidates.
Somewhat surprisingly, independents were even more likely (96.7%) to vow to vote against anti-police candidates than Republicans (95.7%), according to the poll.
"Americans of all political backgrounds have a strong belief in protecting the innocent and punishing the guilty," Meckler added in his statement. "More than any other issue, this spells serious trouble for the Democrats in 2022.
"However, Republicans have not yet made the case that they are the folks who voters should hire to fix the problem. If they can make that case, there will be a huge impact in November."
Convention of States Action, using The Trafalgar Group polling, surveyed 1,000 likely 2022 midterm voters Sept. 17-20. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.
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