Over two-thirds of Americans do not feel as safe now as they did only a couple of years ago, according to a recent poll by The Trafalgar Group and the Convention of States Project. Such is the criminal-coddling trajectory of the left.
The poll rather predictably shows that Democrats report a lower concern about the increased crime rate, at only 45%, whereas 87% of Republicans report that they feel the impact. Independents come in right in the middle at 64%.
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— The Trafalgar Group (@trafalgar_group) September 22, 2022
Interestingly, younger respondents reported a lower awareness of the crime rise, with only 7.7% of those aged 18 to 24 reporting feeling less safe, whereas 36.5% of those aged 45 to 64 reported the same. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the older folks have a better perspective of the trajectory our country is on than those only recently becoming politically aware.
Much has been made of the fact that the criminal-friendly policies of George Soros-funded district attorneys disproportionately impact black and brown inner-city communities by causing a surge in violent and property crimes there. However, concern about a decline in safety among residents in those communities is far below that of whites, a higher proportion of whom live in suburban and rural areas.
Seventy-one percent of whites report feeling less safe, while only 12% of blacks and 11.5% of Hispanics report this perception. Asians come in at 4% and all other groups combined are at 1%.
The poll surveyed slightly more Democrats, at 39% than Republicans, at 36%. Independents comprised 25%. Also, slightly more females were surveyed, at 47%, than males at 53%.
The crime rise and its reasons have been widely reported in conservative media, less so in state media. One has to wonder whether black and brown communities, which have historically voted overwhelmingly for liberal political leaders, may be less exposed to the truth of the problem. Fox News, for instance, skews heavily Republican in its audience, with viewership reported at over 90% from the GOP.
Even though crime has risen, fortunately only a small proportion of the population is an actual victim of violent crime. Lack of individual experience and exposure to the problem in the media may perhaps account for the differences among various racial and ethnic communities.
That regressive policies are to blame is shown, for instance, in the stark difference between the crime trajectories of New York City and Miami, Florida. New York is of course completely dominated by Democrat politicians and has a Soros-appointed district attorney. Miami, on the other hand, is run by the no-nonsense, police-friendly administration of Francis X. Suarez.
In NYC murders, at 47, were up 34% in July 2022 vs. the 35 committed in July 2021. Meanwhile, in the Free State of Florida, Miami residents enjoyed a drop in murders of 21% in 2021 followed by another dramatic drop so far in 2022.
To draw an analogy regarding where the hard-left u-turn takes us: Stone Age Barney Rubble was plagued by club-wielding Bam-Bam. Fred Flintstone had to get around in a “Yabba dabba doo” foot-powered vehicle because dinosaurs had apparently yet to die off and decompose.
The left loves shoving us back toward the Stone Age to suffer with Barney and Fred. Why do we call them progressives when Americans are unfortunately experiencing in their daily lives real consequences of an onslaught brought on by “regressives.”
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