It turns out most American voters don’t like politicians politically weaponizing federal law enforcement agencies.
What’s frightening is that a quarter of voters surveyed have no problem with it.
A new poll from Convention of States Action, in partnership with renown pollster The Trafalgar Group, finds 74 percent of American voters who have an opinion on the issue do not support U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland directing the FBI to investigate parents expressing their concerns at public school board meetings.
But nearly 26 percent believe FBI monitoring of disgruntled parents is appropriate, according to the poll of 1,000 likely 2022 election voters between Oct.15-18.
“The very idea that our Attorney General would direct our nation’s federal law enforcement to investigate everyday moms and dads who are rightly concerned about their children’s education is shocking and hard to fathom. These are the tactics of totalitarians in places like China and North Korea, not here in America,” said Mark Meckler, president of Convention of States Action.
“This explains the findings in this poll, where one can plainly see that those who are aware that Merrick Garland made this announcement oppose him by large majorities …”
Garland last month issued a memorandum ordering the FBI to lead a task force documenting and investigating “harassment” and “threats” by parents against school board members. Tempers have flared over the run of the pandemic as community members fed up with ongoing COVID-related mandates and radical left education in their schools have aired their grievances— sometimes very loudly.
The National School Board Association deemed the conduct “domestic terrorism” in requesting federal intervention from the Biden administration. The association has since apologized for its letter seeking Department of Justice involvement, acknowledging “there was no justification for some of the language included in this letter.”
Overall, the Convention of States poll found 57 percent of American voters say they do not support the U.S. Attorney General’s directing the FBI to investigate concerned parents attending public school board meetings, while 19.8 percent say they support it. The remaining 23.2 percent say they’re not sure.
Meckler notes the latter group said they didn’t know about Garland’s directive or didn’t know enough about it.
“The nearly 20 percent overall who support Garland’s actions against parents are consistent throughout all of our polls, in which we see that roughly this percentage of voters will support practically anything the Democrats support. A scary reality in these challenging times,” he said.
Among the poll’s key insights:
Large majorities of independents and Republicans oppose FBI involvement in local school board meetings, while Democrats are divided.
- 2 percent of Republican voters say they do not support the U.S. Attorney General’s directing the FBI to investigate concerned parents attending public school board meetings. 9.6 percent support and 17.3 percent say not sure.
- 4 percent of Independent voters say they do not support the U.S. Attorney General’s directing the FBI to investigate concerned parents attending public school board meetings. 20.3 percent support and 16.3 percent say not sure.
- 2 percent of Democrat voters say they do not support the U.S. Attorney General’s directing the FBI to investigate concerned parents attending public school board meetings. 29.4 percent support and 33.3 percent say not sure.