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Poll: 84% of Black Voters Fear Violent Attacks on Police Make Their Communities Less Safe

By Craig Bannister | September 17, 2020 | 2:17pm EDT
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While 59% of all U.S. likely voters say there’s a “war on police in America today,” only 22% of the nation’s self-described liberals believe this to be true, a new Rasmussen Reports survey reveals.

Majorities of both Black (59%) and White (57%) voters say there’s a war on police, as do conservatives (85%) and moderates (53%). But, only 22% of liberals think there’s a war taking place. Likewise, while 68% of U.S. voters say they’re concerned the deadly attacks on police will make their own communities less safe, only 41% of liberals are concerned for their safety.

Black voters are far more concerned their communities will become less safe due to attacks on police than are White voters or those of other races. Fully, 84% of Blacks say they’re concerned – and a majority (55%) say they are “very concerned.” Sixty-eight percent of all voters say they fear the attacks will make them less safe.

What’s more, 44% of all voters are “very concerned” that their communities will become less safe due to attacks on police – but, just 17% of liberals have the same level of concern.

In contrast, 89% of conservatives are either very (64%) or somewhat (25%) concerned and 63% of moderates are either very (38%) or somewhat (25%) concerned for their safety amid the attacks.

Asked if they want a “Blue Lives Matter” law making attacks on police and first responders a hate crime, and increasing the penalties for such offenses, 59% say they support such legislation that’s already been enacted in more than a dozen states.

Majorities of Blacks (52%), Whites (63%), conservatives (76%) and moderates (60%) all favor a “Blue Lives Matter” law in their states – compared to just 33% of liberals.

Rasmussen’s survey of 1,000 U.S. likely voters was conducted September 15-16, 2020 – following the assassination attempt on two Los Angeles County police officers last weekend that made national news.

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