88 Percent of Black Marylanders Support Hogan’s ‘Re-Fund the Police’ Initiative

According to internal polling obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, 88 percent of black voters support Maryland governor Larry Hogan’s (R.) effort to “re-fund the police,” an initiative state Democrats denounced as “divisive” and “misguided.”

The poll, which was provided by an outside group aligned with Hogan, shows that 64 percent of likely black voters in the state “strongly support” the governor’s proposal to “provide greatly increased funding to state and local police agencies,” while 24 percent “somewhat support” the policy. Hogan’s initiative enjoys similar support across racial lines—89 and 74 percent of white and Hispanic voters support it, respectively.

Those numbers contradict state Democrats’ criticism of the plan. After Hogan announced his proposal to invest an additional $150 million into local and state police, state house speaker Adrienne Jones (D.) accused the Republican of working to “politicize” public safety.

“The governor’s misguided rhetoric of ‘re-fund the police’ is beneath him and the dignity of his office,” Jones said in October. State senate president Bill Ferguson (D.) launched a similar attack, calling Hogan’s plan nothing but “divisive rhetoric” that would not make communities safer. – READ MORE

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