Source: Chris Elliot

Rasmussen conducted a recent survey which showed the majority of respondents favored voting any prosecutor out of office they deem to be soft-on-crime.

Could this be a sign that America is getting fed up?

The folks at Rasmussen joined with the National Police Association to determine if likely voters are happy with the work of the liberal prosecutors and judges in their communities.

The survey comes as violent crime is continuing to surge in large metropolitan cities.

The poll asked likely voters if they would favor a law that would allow an oversight committee designed to remove prosecutors from office for failure to prosecute violent crimes.

Of those that responded to the survey, 58 percent of them favored such a committee. 21 percent disagreed with creating something to remove prosecutors out of office while another 20 percent said they were unsure.

The people were also asked if they felt creating a law that would allow state attorney generals the authority to appoint a special prosecutor when they feel a local state or district attorney is not fulfilling their role on a specific case.

Of those surveyed, 54 percent agreed while 24 percent disagreed, and 22 percent were undecided.

Rasmussen conducted the survey of 982 likely voters on February 7th with the National Police Association. Rasmussen reports that there is a sampling error of +/-3 percentage points with a level of 95 percent confidence.

Rasmussen noted a specific case in which Chicago State Attorney Kim Foxx declined to pursue charges against five people who were involved in a gang style shootout. They wrote:

“For example, Foxx’s office refused to prosecute five suspects arrested by Chicago police in a gang-related shootout that left one person dead, saying it was “mutual combat.”

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of voters believe Foxx bears responsibility if the gang members commit more crime, and 72% say refusing to prosecute gang members for gunfights will make Chicago’s neighborhoods less safe.”

Rasmussen then asked about the new Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s policies on not pursuing criminal charges on certain arrests. They wrote:

“Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters believe the policy of Bragg – who has instructed his staff in Manhattan to halt prosecutions for resisting arrest, among other crimes – makes it more likely people will resist arrest.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) think that refusing to prosecute for resisting arrest will make arrests more dangerous for arresting officers.”

Rasmussen also asked about San Francisco’s District Attorney, Chesa Boudin, and Los Angeles District Attorney, George Gascon, who are both well known for their progressive policies in terms of filing criminal charges. For those that responded, 72 percent of them believe that Boudin’s policy will make it more dangerous and entice criminals to commit more crimes.

For Gascon, 69 percent of those who responded feel Los Angeles is more dangerous because of his refusal to prosecute minors as adults regardless of what crime they have allegedly committed. 61 percent of those that responded feel Gascon himself is personally responsible if those he has gone easy on commit another crime when they are released.

Rasmussen claims that a majority of those polled show they are fed up on what they call soft-on-crime policies. They wrote:

“The survey found broad voter opposition to soft-on-crime policies and support for proposals to replace prosecutors who fail to enforce the law.”

Results in this survey embolden those like retired Sergeant Betsy Brantner Smith, the spokeswoman for the National Police Association, who notes:

“We have to fight this anti-law-enforcement narrative pushed by these woke progressive prosecutors who have gained a foothold in this country. It has become obvious these progressive prosecutors, any supported by money from outside jurisdictions, have obtained office not to protect the public, but to protect criminals.”

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