Amid a backdrop of tense, increasingly violent protests and rising crime, white Republicans and black Democrats agree that law and order is a major problem in the United States, a new survey released Monday reveals.
Overall, two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) said maintaining law and order is a big problem now, the Monmouth University poll found.
But the results showed a surprising commonality among Republicans and black and other non-white Democrats.
The poll found that 77 percent of Republican-leaning respondents and 60 percent of black Democrats said law and order is a big problem.
Two-thirds of Hispanic and other non-Republican minorities also said the same.
By comparison only 46 percent of white Democrats/non-Republicans — less than half — said law and order was a major issue — a split with African-Americans.
“It appears we are looking at a divergence between politics and experience. Among white Americans, partisanship creates a clear dividing line on whether law and order is a