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A large majority of Americans are against the move to withdraw funds from the police

June 12, 2020

Almost two-thirds of Americans reject recent Democratic Party and civil rights movement initiatives to divert some of the funds received by the country’s police forces to social causes.

The proposal was unveiled last Monday by the Caucus of Black Democratic Congressmen (known as “black caucus”) in the first legislative response to death while in custody on May 25 in Minneapolis of the citizen of the Black Race George Floyd, who largest protests in the country’s recent history, and the charges against former police officer Derek Chauvin for his murder.

For this reason, the result changes, although 64 percent of the ABC News / IPSOS survey published this Friday are against this measure if only the opinion of the black respondents is taken into account. 57 percent support the initiative. According to the same survey, only 26 percent of white respondents support the proposal.

A large majority of Americans are against the move to withdraw funds from the policeA large majority of Americans are against the move to withdraw funds from the police

Back to the total number of respondents, only 34 percent were in favor of the program and 60 percent were not only against the diversion of funds, but also against their specific arrival in psychological care programs.

Like black Americans, Democrats are the only political group that approves majority redirection of funds (55%) and redirects them to mental health, housing and education programs (59%). The Republicans, for their part, express their categorical rejection: 89 percent refuse to withdraw money and 86 percent reject their redistribution, according to the survey conducted between June 10 and 11, with a margin of +/- 4.2 percentage points of error .