A recent Reuters/Ipsos survey, showed that over half of Americans believe that the United States is heading down the “wrong track”, and President Biden’s terrible first year in office, has a lot to do with it.
Respondents were asked how they felt about the current direction of the country and a whopping 63 percent said they believe that the United States is “on the wrong track”. Only 24 percent think the country is heading in the “right direction”.
Tellingly, even Democrats are not confident in where the country is going. 41 percent of them said the country was on the wrong track, followed closely by 40 percent who think it is going in the right direction.
Republicans are a bit more willing to admit the truth, 86 percent of GOP respondents agreed with the statement that the country is not heading in the right direction.
Over half of America disproves of Biden’s job performance too, a six point increase since a poll done only last week.
The respondents also voiced what their biggest concerns were and they ranged from the economy to public health and immigration being a big concern too.
Per the survey:
Just over one-third of independents (34%) report that the economy is the most important problem. One-quarter (26%) of Republicans are also most concerned with the economy. While it is still the top issue for Republicans, it is a decrease of five points from last week (31%).
In contrast, just under one in five (18%) Democrats think the economy is the most important problem.
More Republicans are concerned with immigration than in previous weeks (18%) and cite this as a top issue while only 1% of Democrats and 3% of independents do. Democrats are split between the healthcare system (14%) and public health and disease (15%) as their next most important issue.
Similarly, independents are evenly split with one in ten citing public health and disease (10%) and crime or corruption (10%) as a top issue.
A huge problem pointed out as a concern for respondents was crime and the FBI database of police officers that revealed that more police officers have been killed in the line of duty under Joe Biden’s administration, than deaths dating all the way back to 1995.
Jason Johnson, president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund (LELDF) and a 20-year police veteran, said in a Fox News report, “We believe it’s a combination … of the George Floyd protests — riots, if you will; a general feeling of a preference for less law enforcement; and less prosecution and less policing.”
“Law enforcement officers have essentially been marginalized and demoralized and cast aside and encouraged now to enforce the law,” Johnson said. “And so we’ve seen massive jumps in the homicide rate in cities across America.”
Johnson also added that rising homicide rates in major U.S. cities have “also resulted in many more officers being assaulted because … a lot of leaders in these cities and leaders in Congress and leaders in the White House have really voiced a lack of respect for law enforcement officers.”
A report from Fox News:
In 2021, the FBI counted 73 officers intentionally killed in the line of duty. That’s a nearly 59 percent increase compared to the 46 intentionally killed in 2020.The last time more than 72 officers were killed was in 1995, when 74 officers were intentionally killed on the job, according to LEOKA data.
The next highest number of officers intentionally killed on duty was 72 in 2011, according to LEOKA data analyzed in a report by the Heartland Institute. That number was 55 in 2012, 27 in 2013, 51 in 2014, 41 in 2015, 66 in 2016, 46 in 2017, 56 in 2018 and 48 in 2019.
LEOKA data also shows that ambush attacks against officers have risen in 2021 and 32 officers lost their lives after an ambush or unprovoked attack.
The last time records were that high was 1987, and according to a report from Heartland Institute, 2021 has exceeded it.
For the past two years, Democrats have been calling to defund police, after the death of George Floyd lit months of riots from leftist groups like BLM and Antifa. Now the crime rate is getting to uncontrollable levels, those same Democrats are calling to refund the police.
“Until and unless we see some leadership — both in the White House and in individual cities, district attorneys that are willing to hold police accountable when they’re wrong but are willing to support them when they’re right — we’re going to continue to speak up not only with increasing levels of violent crime but increasing numbers of assaults and the killing of law enforcement officers,” Johnson added that the administration’s “actions have shown that they are not supportive of the police.”