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Gallup: Blacks Overwhelmingly Favor Maintaining Or Increasing Police Presence

Gallup: Blacks Overwhelmingly Favor Maintaining Or Increasing Police Presence

“Most Black Americans want the police to spend at least as much time in their area as they currently do, indicating that they value the need for the service that police provide,” the Gallup Center on Black Voices reported.

Results from a new comprehensive Gallup Center on Black Voices poll show that 4 in 5 black Americans support police either maintaining the same presence they have in local communities or increasing it.

The survey of nearly 37,000 people from four racial/ethnic groups was taken June 23rd through July 6th, a full month after the George Floyd protests and riots started. The results indicate that the Democrat/Black Lives Matter-led movement to defund the police, which has been the main goal of the ongoing marches, is not gaining the traction that the mainstream media has led people to believe it has.

Here’s a more detailed look at some of the key findings:

When asked whether they want the police to spend more time, the same amount of time or less time than they currently do in their area, most Black Americans — 61% — want the police presence to remain the same. This is similar to the 67% of all U.S. adults preferring the status quo, including 71% of White Americans.

Meanwhile, nearly equal proportions of Black Americans say they would like the police to spend more time in their area (20%) as say they’d like them to spend less time there (19%).


The study includes large samples of Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans, weighted to their correct proportions of the population.


Most Black Americans want the police to spend at least as much time in their area as they currently do, indicating that they value the need for the service that police provide. However, that exposure comes with more trepidation for Black than White or Hispanic Americans about what they might experience in a police encounter.

Here’s the full breakdown:

Gallup noted that the results in this survey corresponded with findings they reported last month on black Americans and their stances on defunding the police:

These results correspond with Gallup’s previously reported findings showing that only 22% of Black Americans favor abolishing police departments. However, the vast majority believe reform is needed, with upward of 90% favoring specific reforms aimed at improving police relations with the communities they serve and preventing or punishing abusive police behavior.

The reason why we’ve heard next to nothing about either of these polls from journalists who have spent substantial amounts of time covering the protests and riots is clear. This is a major blow to narratives crafted by the radical Black Lives Matter movement and Democratic politicians who want to see police departments defunded/abolished/dismantled, and to the media, who have falsely suggested for months that defunding the police was a viewpoint held by a vast majority of black Americans.

What this poll found dovetails with what’s happened in Minneapolis since the death of George Floyd and the violent social unrest in the city that followed. After the city council voted a month later to begin the process of defunding the Minneapolis PD, black leaders in the community pushed back big time.

Among the reasons cited by those leaders was the fact that none of them were consulted on the plan before the city’s vote. “We have not been consulted as the city makes its decisions, even though our community is the one most heavily impacted by both police violence and community violence,” civil rights attorney and former Minneapolis NAACP president Nekima Levy Armstrong told the Star Tribune.

Urban League Twin Cities CEO/president Steven Belton told them that although the black community is “subjected to excessive police use of force … at the same time we are also disproportionately victims of crime and witnesses of crime. And you cannot talk defunding the police if there is not a concomitant strategy of community safety in place as well.”

Others pointed to the fact that the city’s first black police chief, Medaria Arradondo, was someone who the black community trusted and could work with.

During an emergency press conference last month, some black leaders and violence prevention advocates demanded the city council reassess their view on defunding the police:

Lisa Clemons is a former officer and a peace activist with “A Mother’s Love.” She said to a crowd of reporters, “We cannot have bullets continue to fly in our community.”


“It is time to stand up in this city, it is time to tell the city council that utopia is a bunch of B.S. We are not in Mayberry we are in the wild wild west and it is time for some answers,” Clemons said.

Here’s a CBS Minneapolis clip from that report that features leaders like Clemons and others speaking out against the city council’s plan to defund the police:

Wednesday, the Minneapolis Charter Commission voted to give themselves more time to review the city council’s proposal to defund the police, which effectively blocked the proposal from being put on the November ballot.

On the defunding the police debate, it sounds like cooler heads are prevailing as a direct result of black residents hitting the brakes on the idea – not just in Minneapolis, but nationwide, if the Gallup poll results are a reliable indicator.

This is good news for people of all races who favor law and order, and bad news for left-wing anti-police extremists and their Democratic allies who have an anti-America axe to grind.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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legacyrepublican | August 8, 2020 at 7:51 pm

How about “Defund BLM” instead?

Anyone who has had their business destroyed up for RICO?

If they still vote for Democrats, the polls don’t mean squat.

“Well, obviously, the participants in this poll who supported a continued police, they ain’t black!!! Are they on cocaine?!!”

— Joe Dim-Wit Biden

Watch the Joseph Goebbels media walk back ”Defund the Police” at warp speed and try to blame the idea on Trump.

“This is good news for people of all races who favor law and order, and bad news for left-wing anti-police extremists and their Democratic allies who have an anti-America axe to grind.”

I think it is also bad news for even Democrats who do not have “an anti-America axe to grind.” 80% do not support defunding the police per the polls quoted. This whole situation has created a major “law and order” issue for the campaign and handed it to the President on a silver platter. With this issue, the executive orders today to help struggling people over the Dem’s obstinance and recurring Biden’s mental health issues, I will be surprised if Trump’s polling does not improve. (I also do not see much upside in any of Bidens potential VP picks mentioned; and downside in some of them.)

Barry Soetoro | August 8, 2020 at 11:23 pm

The vast majority of Amerindians were fine with the Washington Redskins. The cultural marxists don’t care about people’s opinions. They’ll just lean on woke megacorporations to threaten to withhold advertising dollars from or vacate jurisdictions that refuse to defund law enforcement.

Walker Evans | August 9, 2020 at 2:37 am

Police operate under constraint of law; armed militias, not so much. The Bi-Coastal Crazies havent made it here to Flyover Country yet and we still value our law enforcement folks.
However, if the Crazies do make it here and start the sort of BS we’ve seen on the news, things are likely to settle down very quickly when the bodies start piling up. As Hank Jr. said, “They can’t starve us out and they can’t make us run, cause we’re the Old Boys raised on shotguns!”

Lots of veterans here with guns, copious supplies of ammo, and a very low tolerance for Terminal Stupid!

    DSHornet in reply to Walker Evans. | August 9, 2020 at 8:52 am

    As I’ve mentioned before, I’m thankful that The Bride and I live in a state that is almost completely overlooked by the Coastal Crazies as beneath mention. Fine w/us.

    Most of those we know are armed and stocked. The anti-gun crowd likes to say we’re the danger. Not even close. The last I heard, there are over 100 million firearms owners with well over 200 million guns and trillions of rounds of ammo. If we were the problem, it would have become obvious by now.

It appears that a handful of black involved with the BLM have demanded the defunding of police because BLM, Antifa, and others of their ilk are really nothing more than repackaged Marxists. This was strengthened into a movement by an overwhelming white population within the BLM telling the rest of the blacks what they need to think and support. Clearly, the black population has not responded kindly to being told this.
Meanwhile as the Leftist MSM runs with the idea of defunding the police while doing all they can to make it appear as though this is a popular idea, rallies in support of the police are often receiving far greater support than what those organizing the rally ever anticipated.
Articles in various strongly left leaning news media are also interesting in that they run an article on why, for example, Trump’s racism and racist policies have forced blacks to buy guns to defend themselves and the comments are overwhelming critical of the position taken in the article.
Taken together, this and other information give the impression that the election this fall will be an overwhelming victory for Trump with the polls being so wrong simply due to people fearing to speak what they truly think out of fear of the cancel culture. It’s not that Trump is winning the battle, rather it’s because the Left is taking positions that are so much against mainstream America.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Cleetus. | August 9, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Black crime rate is sky high, more than seven times average, most black crime is directed against other blacks.

    Blacks who are not criminals, or close associates of criminals, would be crazy to support defunding police. They need police at least seven times more than the rest of us.

The Friendly Grizzly | August 9, 2020 at 7:35 am

Obviously, the people polled are not true blacks if they want police. Or, Joe Biden, in an attempt to sound down with the struggle, and ethnic would say, “They ain’t black!”

With regard to BLM, did anyone here see the following video?

This Black woman left a lot of people speechless