Support for the police only predicted voting for Trump in 2016 among those with high levels of racial resentment
President Trump, at a campaign rally, Aug. 1, 2019, in Cincinnati. AP/John Minchillo

People who were more supportive of police and had higher levels of racial resentment were more likely to vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, according to new research published in the journal Criminology. The research indicates that support for police by itself, however, was not associated with voting for Trump.The authors of the study were interested in examining how the Black Lives Matter movement and Trump’s pro-police rhetoric were connected to actual voting behavior.“We knew that crime and justice issues had been relevant to politics in the midst of the civil rights m...

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