Democrat's 'Defund the Police' & Record of Rising Violent Crime Comes Under Scrutiny as Election Nears

Perhaps most importantly, 96.7% of "Independent Voters" agree

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Texas Insider Report) — Beginning January 1st, 2023, cash bail will be abolished in Illinois. And what's about to happen in Illinois is already happening in Democrat strongholds all across the country. Critics say that the recently passed Illinois law will allow some charged with serious crimes like 2nd-Degree Murder or kidnapping to be freed without a hearing.
“Anyone sitting in jail right now with all these pending charges, they’re going to be let out,” Johnson County Sheriff Peter Sopczak said of the law which was championed by Illinois Democrats.

“The gates are open, and they’re going to be let out onto the streets.”

“Violent crimes, burglary, robbery, arson, kidnapping, almost all drug offenses, DUI offenses, even DUI offenses involving a fatality, do not qualify for detention under the Illinois Safety Act,” Patrick Windhorst, former State Attorney and current Illinois State Representative from Springflied, told local KY3-TV.

“That’s going to mean a lot of individuals are committing crimes and being released immediately, if not within a couple of days,” Windhorst said.

But a new poll by the Trafalgar Group for Convention of States Action recently found that the overwhelming majority of "Likely U.S. Voters" oppose policies that allow for the release of violent criminals.
  • 95.6% of those surveyed “say they are less likely to vote for a candidate who supports policies which prevent police from detaining criminals charged with violent crimes, such as kidnapping and armed robbery.”
  • 76.9% say not likely at all.
  • 18.7% not very likely.
    • Perhaps most importantly, 96.7% of "Independent Voters" agreed.
During a recent Sunday episode of "Meet the Press," former White House Press Secretary and current NBC Contributor Jen Psaki said that if the November midterms are a referendum on Biden,  Democrats will lose.
"If it is a referendum on the president, they will lose and they know that," said Psaki.

"They also know that crime is a huge vulnerability for Democrats – I would say one of the biggest vulnerabilities."

And well-known former Democrat Pollster Douglas Schoen, along with Andrew Stein, wrote in an August 18th Op-Ed for the Wall Street Journal under the sub-title heading:
Along with inflation at the gas pump and in the grocery store, the focus on crime is surging among voters, and ranks high among Americans' concerns heading into the 2022 midterms. Republicans are taking every opportunity to remind voters about Democrats' chants to "Defund the Police" and to point our the national wave of progressive Democrat prosecutors coddling criminals.

"Republicans have been effective in terms of pouncing on the issue, using it in light of public concerns about the increase in crime, and in really using it as a weapon against Democrats in terms of this year's midterm elections," said political scientist Michael Bitzer at Catawba College in North Carolina.
"This has been an intentional strategic campaign from the far left, and now Americans are being robbed, carjacked, assaulted and murdered," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

“Crime is the beneath-the-iceberg issue for voters in 2022, and it’s absolutely clear in these numbers,” said Mark Meckler, president of the Convention of States, which sponsored the Trafalgar survey.

“Americans of all political backgrounds have a strong belief in protecting the innocent – and punishing the guilty,” Meckler said.

The Trafalgar Group – one of America’s most accurate pollsters in 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2021 – conducted this national survey of over 1,000 likely 2022 Election Voters between September 17th and 20th, 2022.