This fall, cities across the US have introduced legislation to reform various aspects of their police forces. Many of the policies under discussion came about in the Nixon era at the start of the “War on Drugs,” and have since moved to the fore of discussions about how to reform police behavior in the wake of protests against brutality. Recent studies by YouGov in cities across the country suggest voters are ready to change some of these policies.
We fielded studies of registered voters in cities including Baltimore, Birmingham, Charlotte, Detroit, Memphis, and St. Louis, as well as several national surveys. We asked voters about many policies (see the CrunchBox at the end of this article), with a focus on civil asset forfeiture and ending no-knock raids.