77 Percent of Respondents Identify Crime as the Major Concern in the 2022 Midterms

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    Violent crime has been on the rise across the United States and it is becoming the biggest concern in the 2022 midterm elections, with a new poll revealing that a majority of Americans consider crime to be a major issue.

    On Wednesday, a Politico poll was released that showed that the majority of Americans think that violent crime is a big problem in the United States. The poll also revealed that 74% of Americans think that violent crime is growing across the nation, while the majority of respondents believe it's growing or is staying the same in their communities.

    Americans are also of the opinion that an increase in funding for police departments is one of the most effective strategies to stop the growing problem of crime, and 37 percent of those polled believe that this would lower crime by quite a bit.

    The numbers in the polls are coming at the same time as Republicans began shifting their campaign messages towards Democrats’ policies that are soft on crime.

    An ad was released on Tuesday by the Republican State Leadership Committee that highlights the dangers of Democrats' lenient behavior towards criminals.

    As News reported:

    In Colorado, Democrats passed a law in 2020 that made it easier to sue a police officer directly and added more restrictions on officers. The state also has the third highest crime rate in the country while leading the county in car thefts.

    In Illinois, Democrats passed the SAFE-T Act, which eliminated cash bail even though law enforcement warned that the legislation would lead to a bigger crime surge. The state also leads the country in carjackings.

    In New York, Democrat lawmakers in 2019 eliminated cash bail. Just in New York City this year, auto theft is up 42 percent, robberies are up 39.8 percent, and rape has also increased by ten percent. Additionally, murders in the last five years are up 48.5 percent.

    Politico reported that the Democrats intend to use the poll results in order to “reset” the narrative and portray themselves as hard on crime by arguing for tougher guns laws.

    A poll conducted earlier this year, however, revealed that Americans don't believe that tighter gun laws will adequately tackle the rise in crime.

    House GOP Chairman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) explained, “Democrats want to disarm law-abiding Americans. Republicans want to disarm violent criminals.”

    In June, McCarthy said, “Why don’t we put these criminals away? Why don’t we stand up to them? You know what, if you enforce the law, you know who would first get in trouble? His son, Hunter Biden, who lied on his form.”

    The Politico poll also revealed that Biden's approval rating is at 42 percent. The majority of Americans disapprove of his job.

    Politico conducted the survey of about 2,000 of the registered voter between September 30 and October 2. The margin of error for the survey is +/- 2 percent.

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