Rasmussen Poll: Americans Want ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Law To Make Attacks On Police Hate Crimes
More than 59 percent of American voters believe there is a war on police and support the implementation of a Blue Lives Matter law that would make an attack on police of first responders punishable as hate crimes, a Rasmussen poll released Thursday revealed.
It’s a significant poll. The wave of uprisings and deadly riots in some of the nation’s largest cities since the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police officer, along with other incidents, have attributed to that growing fear. The growing aggression of rioters and anti-police criminals have targeted officers in broad daylight is also making the situation even more concerning as the November election draws near.
The recent Rasmussen poll reveals that even citizens in the most afflicted urban communities want ‘Blue Lives Matter’ laws to protect police. Moreover, citizens fear for their own public safety as it has become more difficult to retain police officers with the growing violence and anti-police sentiment being propagated by the left and the platform to defund law enforcement.
The concerns especially escalated after Saturday’s assassination attempt by a gunman on two police officers sitting in their patrol vehicle in Compton, California. The incident, which was caught on tape, showed the perpetrator walking up to the vehicle and shooting the officers point blank in the face.
After the shooting, a small group of rioters in the street celebrated and then attempted to block the emergency entrance at the hospital where the police were being taken in an ambulance.
Both officers are recovering at the hospital and expected to survive what some have deemed a miracle. The pair were four of five times at point blank range.
The Rasmussen poll suggests that due to these incidents people believe there is a war on police “and want to make attacks on cops punishable as a hate crime. Blacks worry most that these attacks will make their communities less safe.”
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Likely U.S. Voters think there is a war on police going on. That’s up from 43% two years ago and up from a previous high of 58% in 2015. Fifty-nine percent (59%) also support the adoption of a Blue Lives Matter law in their state that would make attacks on police and first responders a hate crime and increase the penalties for such attacks. That’s unchanged from 2016 when Louisiana became the first of more than a dozen states to adopt such a law.
Sixty-eight percent (68%) of voters are concerned that deadly attacks on the police will lead to a shortage of police officers and reduce public safety where they live, with 44% who are Very Concerned.
Whites (63%) are bigger supporters of Blue Lives Matter laws than blacks (52%) and other minority voters (49%). But blacks (84%) are a lot more concerned than whites (66%) and other minorities (70%) about a potential shortage of police officers in their community.
For more on this very important poll and story go to Rasmussen.