A Gallup Poll last month found crime the third-most important national issue out of 14 tested, trailing only the economy and inflation. Concern about crime is higher than it has been in 20 years, with 53 percent telling Gallup they worry a “great deal” about it.
Josh Kraushaar of National Journal says polls show crime will be the biggest issue “in states that have seen a large increase in violent crime, particularly in Democrat-run big cities.”
Even the ultra-leftist electorate in San Francisco (Trump won 13 percent there in 2020) has had enough of soft-on-crime policies. A new poll by the San Francisco Standard finds voters favoring the recall of District Attorney Chesa Boudin next month by a 57 percent to 22 percent margin.
Boudin, the son of a Weather Underground couple who helped kill two cops and a guard in an infamous Brink’s armored-car robbery in New York in 1981, was elected in 2019 by a narrow margin due to donations from George Soros-linked groups.
In office, the New York Post reports “some believe Chesa is carrying on his family’s tradition of radical politics but from the inside.” He has minimized cash bail and launched a program helping some offenders attend classes and receive therapy instead of a jail sentence.
The crime rate has climbed under Boudin. Over 50 prosecutors have left the DA’s office since his election, most protesting his policies.
The most effective message of recall supporters has been videos showing mass shoplifting which has contributed to the closing of over 20 drug stores in the last two years. With polls showing them well in front, they hope they can replicate last year’s successful recall of the city’s radical school board and also close out Chesa’s career next month.