The American public overwhelmingly wants funding for police to be increased or maintained, according to a new poll that shows people having strong support for first responders.

In a new survey for the National Sheriffs Association, 53% of respondents called for increased funding for law enforcement. Another 26% want to maintain current spending, and 11% want a decrease.

It also backed the top job of police officers: arresting and jailing criminals, the Washington Examiner reports.

The survey from TechnoMetrica was focused on the public’s reaction to first responders during the coronavirus crisis and done before the George Floyd riots. But it tracks very close to post-riot polls that find support for the police despite some radical calls to defund or even eliminate police departments.

Rasmussen Reports, for example, said that 59% are opposed to defunding the police.

 

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