Majority of Americans Say Violent Crime in U.S. Getting 'Worse' under Biden
Survey says likely voters believe Biden 'unable to handle it'
A majority of likely American voters say violent crime in the United States under Democrat Joe Biden is getting worse, while half doubt his ability to handle it, a Rasmussen Reports survey found.
Respondents were asked:
"Is the problem of violent crime in America getting better or worse?”
65 percent said violent crime in America is getting “worse."
22 percent said is “staying about the same."
10 percent said “better."
And percent were unsure.
Across party lines, the majority hold the same view that violent crime is getting “worse."
72 percent of Republicans
65 percent of independents
59 percent of Democrats
Voters were asked about their confidence in Biden and his ability to deal with violent crime.
Half of those expressed little confidence in Biden’s ability to handle such an epidemic in violent crime.
35 percent saying they are “not at all confident.”
15 percent saying they are “not very” confident.
Overall, just forty-six percent said they had at least some confidence in Biden.
26 percent said they are “somewhat” confident.
20 percent indicated they are “very” confident.”
Unsurprisingly, Democrats were far more likely to have confidence in Biden’s ability to handle violent crime.
Among voters who say violent crime is getting worse, 62% are not confident in Biden’s ability to deal with America’s violent crime problem.
By contrast, among voters who say the violent crime problem is getting better, 84% are confident that Biden is able to deal with the problem.
President Biden’s strongest supporters are least likely to think the crime problem is getting worse. Among voters who Strongly Approve of Biden’s job performance as president, 51% say America’s violent crime problem is getting worse, and 18% think it’s getting better.
By contrast, among voters who Strongly Disapprove of Biden’s performance, 89% say the violent crime problem is getting worse and only three percent (3%) think America’s crime problem is getting better.
The survey has a margin of error of +/- 3 percent and was taken May 25-26 among 900 U.S. likely voters.
Violent crime is spiking. Homicides in cities were up by 25-40 percent in 2020, the largest single-year increase since 1960. And 2021 isn’t looking any better.— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) May 21, 2021
This is a crisis on its own terms. But it’s also a crisis for the broader liberal project in two downstream ways.
Fox News’s Tucker Carlson said the rise in violent crime is a direct result of “stupid, malicious people” taking full control.
“So you have to ask yourself — because your life may depend on it — why is this country different from, say, Sweden or Russia or Mexico? And you know the answer. It’s not COVID,” he said.
“It’s that in our country, stupid, malicious people took full control, the Democratic Party took full control of the country, and their policies resulted in a huge number of killings,” he added.