Americans are giving President Biden dismal ratings on his handling of rising crime, a new poll found.
The ABC News/Washington Post poll released Friday morning revealed that just 38 percent of Americans approve of the 46th commander-in-chief’s response to recent crime spikes nationwide.
On the other side, 48 percent said they disapproved.
As crime rates have continued to surge, lawmakers have been quick to point fingers to avoid their party taking blame.Republicans have largely argued that Democrats’ efforts to defund the police, remove qualified immunity for police officers and introduce cashless bail have all contributed to the budding crisis.
Democrats, meanwhile, have blamed guns and economic hardship following the pandemic.
In New York, state officials have blamed a surge in shootings on gun trafficking from other parts of the country, largely ignoring the impact of bail reform on the state.
Murders increased by about 25 percent nationwide in 2020. As of late May, New York City had 17.4 percent more murders, 73 percent more shootings and 24.9 percent more car thefts than at the same point in May 2020.