Gallup Poll: Respect For Police Near All-Time High

Gallup Poll: Respect For Police Near All-Time High

Gallup Poll: Respect For Police Near All-Time High

In recent years, a string of police killings of unarmed black Americans have sparked protests and calls for accountability.

The poll also broke down attitudes toward police, finding that respect for police increased among whites (80 percent, or 11 points from last year) as well as nonwhites (67 percent, up 14 points). Only once, in 1967, did respondents have a higher approval of police with 77 percent saying they had a "great deal" of respect for officers.

A new Gallup poll released this week found that a little more than three in four Americans (76 percent) reported having "a great deal" of respect for the police who patrol their communities, a significant uptick over previous year and the highest share reported to Gallup since 1967.

What's striking about this poll is that it is a completely reversal from a year ago when Gallup reported the highest figure for "little or no confidence in police" recorded since the poll began in 1993.

White Americans have been more likely than non-white Americans to say they respect local law enforcement since 2000, Gallup adds.

In fact, Gallup said respect for the police has increased over the past year among Americans of differing racial groups, ideologies, political affiliations and age!

Gallup has asked this question only nine times since 1965. Liberals, rural residents and young adults saw the sharpest increases - of 19 to 21 points - from 2015 to 2016. That jump, which comes at a time when tensions between minorities and police officers have escalated, also follows an outpouring of support for police after the high-profile slayings of officers in Dallas and Louisiana over the summer. This debate repeatedly spilled over into the presidential campaign, with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton speaking about the importance of restoring trust between communities and law enforcement, and Donald Trump, her Republican opponent, decrying how police officers are viewed.

One reason for that discrepancy might be that the latter survey was taken in early June, before the killings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

17% of people surveyed said they have "some" respect for police, and 7% said they had "hardly any".

Although confidence in police varies among subgroups, majorities of all groups say they have a great deal of respect for their local police.

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