The majority of likely voters support reforming police departments but only a minority indicated support for the “defund the police” movement, according to a Morning Consult poll released Wednesday.
The poll, conducted June 12 through June 14, found that a combined 59% of respondents say police departments need to be significantly reformed, with 22% preferring their complete restructuring and 37% preferring they adopt only minor reforms. Only 5% of those surveyed said police departments need no police reform, Politico reported.
“While nearly 60% agree police departments are in need of major reforms, voters remain skeptical of the ‘Defund the Police’ movement,” said Kyle Dropp, the co-founder of Morning Consult.
The poll asked voters whether they support or oppose the movement to “defund the police.” A total of 58% stated their opposition, with 43% stating that they are “strongly opposed,” according to the poll. Only 13% said they strongly support the defund the police movement, and 15% said they somewhat supported the movement.
The slogan has caught on amid widespread protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, who was killed after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, video of the incident shows.
The “Defund the Police” movement is supported by 48% of Democrats, 26% of independents and 11% of Republicans, according to the poll.
In addition to the poll’s numbers regarding police reform, it also shows President Donald Trump’s support at 40%, a slight tick upward from last week’s Morning Consult poll that had him 39% approval. A majority of voters at 57% disapprove of the job Trump is doing. The poll surveyed 1,987 likely voters and had a margin of error of 2 percentage points.
Andrew Trunsky contributed to this report.
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