Our recent book is titled Divided We Stand: The 2020 Elections and American Politics. Among other things, it discusses issues such as crime. In the 2020 congressional elections, Republicans gained seats because some prominent progressives talked about "defunding the police."
Megan Brenan at Gallup:
Americans are more likely now than at any time over the past five decades to say there is more crime in their local area than there was a year ago. The 56% of U.S. adults who report an increase in crime where they live marks a five-percentage-point uptick since last year and is the highest by two points in Gallup's trend dating back to 1972.
Public perceptions of an increase in crime at the national level have also edged up since last year, as 78% say there is now more crime in the U.S. This is tied with the 2020 measure. The record high was 89% in 1992, when crime rates soared in the U.S.
Wow, the partisan gap here is … something. Especially considering Democrats are more likely to live in urban areas where there tends to be more crime. https://t.co/f9OpYzOwbo— Dante Chinni (@Dchinni) October 28, 2022