66% Want Investigation Into Violent 2020 BLM & Antifa Protests, Just 49% Back Pelosi’s January 6th Capitol Probe

"It sent a message to criminals across the nation that crimes will be allowed & criminals won’t be touched.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) — At 66%, the number of "Likely U.S. Voters" who want Congress to investigate last year’s violent BLM, Antifa & other destructive protests is higher than the 49% who say they support House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s investigation of the January 6th Capitol riot. According to a study of 68 cities by the Major Cities Chiefs Association in the summer of 2020, there were at least 574 protests that involved acts of violence, including assaults on police officers, looting and arson

A new July 16-18, 2021 National Telephone & Online survey by Rasmussen Reports founds that 66% of "Likely U.S. Voters" think Congress should investigate last year’s violent Black Lives Matter protests, which were marked by widespread lawlessness, destruction of private property, and looting in major cities across the country.

More than 2,000 Police Officers suffered injuries during 2020 in the line of duty.
  • 42% of "Likely U.S. Voters" say they don’t support Speaker Pelosi’s investigation the January 6th Capitol march
  • Only 21% don’t think Congress should investigate last year’s violent Black Lives Matter protests
  • while 13% were not sure
The survey also found strong voter support for law enforcement on issues ranging from display of the “Thin Blue Line” flag to prosecution of so-called “quality of life” crimes.
While National Democrat Leaders, and virtually all Democrat Congressional candidates in last year's 2020 November Election made “Defund the Police” their slogan, the most recent survey by Rasmussen Reports finds that:
Belief that failure to prosecute “Quality of Life” crimes such as shoplifting, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, receiving stolen property, trespassing, breaking and entering, resisting arrest increases the level of crime shows strong majorities in all racial groups, including:
  • 59% of Black Voters and
  • 70% of Hispanics,
  • and across political categories with 77% of Republicans, 60% of Democrats, as well as 65% of unaffiliated voters agreeing
And, the Democrat's and BLM rioters criticism of police is not improving law enforcement, according to a majority of voters who say anti-police rhetoric makes life more dangerous for the nation's 1st Responders and Police.

In analyzing the survey results, the National Police Association (NPA) blamed the reaction of Democrat elected officials to last year’s protests – as well as the Democrat Presidential Candidates "Defund the Police" discussions and rhetoric – for the ongoing and increasing rise in violent crime across the nation, particulary in the nation's major cities where libeal mayors have even implemented police funding cuts.
“When the mayors of cities in which violent riots took place in 2020 refused to let police immediately stop the crimes taking place, it sent a message to violent criminals across the nation that crimes will be allowed and criminals won’t be touched,” said the National Police Association.

“For the last year, violent crimes have increased nationally 
and the lack of support from (Democrat) politicians has resulted in the number of police officers declining, as well as a short staffing Recruitment & Retention crisis.”

Among the findings of the survey:
  • 65% believe President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris should meet with the family of St. Louis Police Capt. David Dorn, who was murdered in 2020 when he was protecting his friend’s business from looters, just as they did with the family of George Floyd.
  • 63% of voters think participants in the nationwide 2020 rioting and looting should be criminally charged, as were those who took part in the January 6 Capitol riot.
  • 65% disagree with Black Lives Matter activists who claim that the U.S. flag and the pro-police “Thin Blue Line” flags are symbols of racism.
  • 53% think Congress should award medals to the law enforcement agencies that defended their cities from violent looters and rioters in 2020 similar to the awards proposed by Nancy Pelosi for the Capitol Police.
  • 62% of voters believe that elected officials who downplay the nationwide 2020 rioting and looting deserve to be criticized, a number higher than the 51% who believe politicians deserve criticism for downplaying the January 6 Capitol riot.
  • 68% think that refusing to prosecute trespassing, shoplifting, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, receiving stolen property, breaking and entering, resisting arrest and other “quality of life” crimes is likely to increase the commission of those crimes.
  • An overwhelming 76% of voters believe young people should be taught to comply with police rather than resist or flee arrest.
The National Police Association emphasized the connection between last year’s riots and the increase in crime. In the aftermath of the 2020 riots, said NPA spokesperson retired police Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith,
“Many elected officials of both parties, and at all levels followed up – not by apologizing to their citizens for failing to uphold the law but by accusing police officers of systemic racism, being in need of reform, reimagining and defunding.”

The survey of 996 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on July 16-18, 2021 by the National Police Association and Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. To see survey question wording, click here. See methodology.
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