Public respect for the police has hit a high which has only been topped once since 1965. The Gallup poll of Americans views of police was taken earlier this month and found 76% of Americans have “a great deal” of respect for police in their areas and another 17% have “some” respect. Just 7% of respondents said they had “hardly any” respect for police. Here’s a chart prepared by Gallup showing the trends since 1965. As you can see the only time respect for police has been higher was in 1967.
What’s striking about this poll is that it is a completely reversal from last year when Gallup reported the highest figure for “little or no confidence in police” recorded since the poll began in 1993.
Overall, 25% of Americans say they have a great deal of confidence in the police, 27% quite a lot, 30% “some,” 16% “very little” and 2% “none.” The combined 18% who have very little or no confidence in police is the highest Gallup has measured to date.
The latest figures, from Gallup’s Oct. 5-9 annual poll on crime, show Americans’ respect for police increased as the number of on-duty police officers who were shot and killed was on the rise…
Four in five whites (80%) say they have a great deal of respect for police in their area, up 11 points from last year. Meanwhile, two in three nonwhites (67%) report having the same level of respect, an increase of 14 points from last year.