The Memo: Democrats face vulnerability as crime moves up voters’ agenda

A new poll released Friday is the latest proof that crime is becoming a crucial issue for American voters.

It’s a development that is fraying Democratic nerves, given the party’s traditional vulnerability on the issue. Many on the center-left fear the “defund the police” slogan favored by some progressives is politically toxic. T

he new survey from The Washington Post and ABC News found more Americans than at any time in the past 20 years believe crime is an “extremely serious” or “very serious” problem in the area where they live.