The unspeakable Kellyanne Conway spoke thusly: “The more chaos and anarchy and vandalism and violence reigns, the better it is for the very clear choice on who’s best on public safety and law and order.”
But Socialist rag Forbes Magazine doesn’t see it that way:
When George Floyd protests began in late May and early June, some pundits similarly speculated that Trump would benefit from the violence; instead, Joe Biden’s lead doubled in the RealClearPolitics averagefrom 5 points in late May to 10 points in late June.
That fits with polling in which a majority of the public was sympathetic to the protesters and their cause and dissatisfied with Trump’s response, which consisted of a hard crackdown, including threats of military intervention and park police gassing protesters outside the White House.
Even now, as protests have raged in the U.S. for months, voters still disfavor Trump’s hardline approach compared to Biden’s message of unity and cooperation; a YouGov poll of 1,001 U.S. adults released Saturday found that 61% prefer “bringing people together” as the solution for unrest, while 39% say “law and order.”
In that same poll, Biden is favored over Trump by an 8 point margin to handle the protests, which echoes several other polls in recent months that have shown him leading Trump on issues like law and order, crime and civil unrest.