Americans are more worried about crime than at any other time this century
Rather, the outcome showed that not even in the Democratic bastion of San Francisco is a progressive safe from the wrath of voters worried about crime. It was the latest sign that crime is a potent issue in municipal elections.
Take a look at some key elections in other large cities.
Now, different crime statistics can tell different stories in the cities. I would make the argument looking at the numbers that it’s not so much that violent crime is up greatly, though it is in some places. Instead, it’s lower-level nonviolent crimes such as theft, which tend to happen much more frequently and contribute to a feeling that things have gotten out of control.
The current discomfort with our policies on crime goes deeper than that, though. The percentage who are “very” dissatisfied is at a 21st-century high too, at 42%.
The anger about crime is definitely something that can help less progressive candidates, and not just in the major cities.
Crime does, however, contribute to a feeling that the current government doesn’t have things under control.
And when it comes to the level of government closest to most of us (municipal), crime looks like it will be one of the top issues. One in which more hawkish positions have come back in a big way, even in liberal places.