New Poll Reveals Southern Residents In Major Cities Reject Calls To ‘Defund Police’

New Poll Reveals Southern Residents In Major Cities Reject Calls To ‘Defund Police’

Recent polls that were conducted among the residents of Louisville, Kentucky and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, reveal there’s a lack of public support in those areas for making any sort of significant changes to law enforcement despite all of the nationwide protests that took place over the last year, according to data from USA Today and Suffolk University.

USA Today went on to point out that Louisville “residents were more than twice as likely to cite public safety, not police reform, as the biggest issue facing the city,” and then stated that residents living in Oklahoma City put police reform as the least-concerning issue for the community out of a list of nine. The publication then noted that very few of the folks who responded to the survey in either city showed support for the liberal phrase “defund the police.”

When these individuals were asked if police in their city use force only when it is necessary, here’s what they said, via Newsmax:

  • 44% in Louisville agree.
  • 43% in Louisville disagree.
  • 13% responded differently.
  • 56% in Oklahoma City agree.
  • 32% in Oklahoma City disagree.
  • 12% had another response.

Many respondents in Louisville pointed to the shooting of Breonna Taylor by police at her apartment last year as the moment when many of the city’s residents lost or started to lose faith in law enforcement officers.

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Forty-five percent of Louisville residents said they lost faith in the police because of Taylor’s killing, while just 7% of Louisville residents gained trust in police because of the shooting. However, most of the city’s residents also expressed disapproval with some of the protests that followed, 53% to 31%.

The surveys also showed a strong divide between Black and white residents of Oklahoma City when it comes to satisfaction with police interactions. Only 17% of white residents of the city said that they’ve had an unsatisfying interaction with Oklahoma City police after being stopped, but 69% of Black residents report having an unsatisfying interaction.

The two polls were sponsored by both USA Today and the Political Research Center located at Suffolk University. The surveys were performed in conjunction with The Oklahoman and Louisville Courier Journal.

Five hundred residents were polled in each of the two cities on dates between Nov. 10-15, 2021, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.