A reporter stopped the president during an outdoor walk to ask: “Ahead of these midterms, how big of an issue is crime?”
“I think it’s a real issue,” Biden responded. “And I think we have a great record on it.”
Meanwhile, homicides jumped 4.3% during 2021, and violent crime dropped only 1%, according to an estimate from the FBI’s “Crime in the Nation” report. There has been an uptick in Washington, D.C. over the last two years, with 1,399 juvenile arrests reported in 2021 and 1,532 in 2020, according to data from the Metropolitan Police Department. Gun violence was on the rise during the first half of 2022, with police reporting 221 more violent gun-related crimes committed compared to the same period last year. There were over 3,000 incidents of violent crime.
A recent Harvard-Harris poll showed that 64% of voters find the rise in crime to be the fault of “woke politicians,” with less than a third of respondents saying the country is “on the right track.”
Still, even Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) dismissed polling that shows issues such as crime and inflation are most important to voters, instead claiming abortion will decide the midterm elections. During a Tuesday interview, Pelosi called it an “outlier poll.”
“It wasn’t even that big a sample. So I dismiss that,” Pelosi said.
A report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago tracked moving company data and subsequently found a 56.2% move-out rate in Pelosi’s home state of California between 2018 and 2019, and an increased rate of 59.4% from 2020 to 2021.