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Majority of voters reject reducing police funding, despite national push: poll – Fox News

A majority of voters reject reducing police funding and moving that money to social services, despite a national push in recent weeks from activist groups and some politicians, according to an ABC/Washington Post poll released Tuesday.

The poll finds that a majority of Americans (63 percent) support the Black Lives Matter movement, and 69 percent say Black people and other minorities are not treated equally in the criminal justice system — that number is up 18 points from 2014.

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However, only 40 percent support cutting funding to police in order to spend more on social services, while 55 percent oppose such a move. Among Democrats, 59 support cutting funding, but only 14 percent of Republicans and 42 percent of independents.

Meanwhile, 63 percent oppose paying reparations to Black people whose ancestors were enslaved. Only 31 percent support it.

The poll comes after weeks of unrest and debate over the question of policing and race since the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. It led to nationwide protests and riots, as well as national calls for significant reform to policing methods.

A number of cities have passed or considered legislation to reform or defund police departments, and reform pushes have found considerable support in Congress — including from some Republicans.

But President Trump has pushed back against defunding the police, while presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has not embraced calls to defund the police — although in a recent interview he said that some funding should “absolutely” be redirected from police.

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The protests have also turned into a debate on whether statues, particularly those memorializing Confederate generals, should be removed. The ABC/Washington Post poll found that 52 percent oppose removing statues honoring Confederate generals, while 43 support it.

The numbers suggest that Americans are increasingly seeing racism and discrimination as a problem, but do not back drastic reforms promoted by left-wing groups.

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A recent Fox News poll found that large majorities see both police brutality against Black Americans (76 percent) and a lack of law and order (79 percent) as very or somewhat serious problems.

When asked about the recent backlash against the police, just over half, 51 percent, say it has gone too far, while 12 percent say not far enough, and 29 percent think it has been justified.

Fox News’ Dana Blanton contributed to this report.

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Poll: Record number of voters disapprove of Trump’s handling of COVID-19 | TheHill – The Hill

A record number of voters disapprove of the way President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on ‘incentives’ to attack US troops MORE is handling the coronavirus crisis, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Fifty-seven percent of registered voters in the June 22-23 survey said they do not approve of Trump’s handling of COVID-19, the highest number recorded in the poll since it began asking the question in early-to-mid March.

By contrast, 43 percent of voters approved of his handling of the pandemic in this most recent survey.

The poll found the highest rating the president received on the issue to be in a March 22 survey when 56 percent of voters supported his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. However, his approval on the issue has been steadily declining since.

The number of Republican voters who approve of the president’s handling of COVID-19 dropped from 83 percent in the last survey to 76 percent. 

Support among Democratic voters also fell 5 percentage points from the June 8-10 poll.

In addition, the survey shows a steady decline in approval on the issue of the economy: A March 8-9 survey found 58 percent of voters approved of Trump’s handling of the economy; in the June 22-23 survey, 52 percent of voters approved of the president’s job on the issue.

Among overall job support Trump’s numbers remain relatively steady, dropping from 47 percent in the June 8-10 survey to 46 percent in the most recent poll. 

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 951 registered voters between June 22 and 23. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.17 percentage points. 

— Gabriela Schulte

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