Saturday, May 29, 2021

Defund Vs. Divert Money to Services Vs. More Cops

Some interesting data from a new Axios/Ipsos poll. First, on defunding the police:
27 percent support the defunding the police movement; 70 percent oppose it (including a majority of blacks and strong majorities of Hispanics and Asians).
Now, on diverting some police budget to community policing and social services you get a more positive response:
57 percent support; 41 percent oppose
But, on increasing funding of police forces:
61 percent support; 37 percent oppose (including majorities of Hispanics and Asians)
It's seems pretty clear the solution is not to "defund the police" but rather to both increase funding of relevant social services *and* increase police funding.
See, that wasn't so hard.

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