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Most Americans Still Trust Police, But Race and Party Drive Responses

Police reform and controversies are top of news once again. But a new poll found nearly two-thirds of respondents trust U.S. police departments to do what is right at least most of the time, the Hill reports. The Quinnipiac University poll of 1,580 randomly selected respondents, conducted Feb. 9-14, had a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.


The poll found 62 percent of respondents said they trust police to do what is right all or most of the time, while 36 percent of those surveyed said they trust police to do what is right some of the time or hardly ever.

There was a stark difference in the responses among different races. Seventy-two percent of white respondents said they trust police to do what is right all or most of the time, compared to 66 percent of Black respondents who said they trust police to do what is right either only some of the time or hardly ever.

Forty-nine percent of Hispanic respondents said they trust police to do what is right all or most of the time.

Among political party affiliations, 85 percent of Republican respondents said they trust with police to do what is right all or most of the time, compared to an even 49 percent split on the question among Democrats. Sixty-three percent of independent voters said they trust police to do what is right.

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