(UnitedVoice.com) – As protests over police brutality in African-American communities continue, and politicians call for defunding of police, Americans are debating the future of police work.
In a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, nearly half of registered voters surveyed (49%) said they approve of the way police are doing their job in the United States, and 44% disapprove. That’s a dramatic shift from April 2018 when 65% of voters approved, and 26% did not.
However, in stark contrast to how people feel about police nationwide, when it comes to local police departments, the majority of voters polled approve of their job performance.
The poll data show 77% of respondents approved of the way police respond in their communities, while only 19% disapproved. Again, that’s down from highs in 2016 when 84% approved.
In cities and states across the county, a debate is raging about police reforms and defunding them. A whopping 81% said they oppose the elimination of police departments in their communities.
Additionally, 54% of voters do not want to cut police budgets and divert money to social services, while 41% expressed support. It should be no surprise that partisan views diverged widely. Seventy percent support re-allocating police budgets, while 86% of Republicans oppose the idea.
As the media and Liberal politicians work to shape public opinion, new reforms are being presented at statehouses across the country. Depending on where you live, the proposals could be radical or mild.
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