Gallup released data on a recent poll on "Respect" for the police:
The 2016 poll revealed a 93% rating of "A great deal" or "Some" compared to is rating is up from a 22-year low of 89% in 2015 (90% in 2014). Those indicating "Hardly Any" dropped to 7% from a high of 11% in 2005 and from 10% in 2015.
A June 2016 Gallup poll rating "Confidence" in police, revealed a 56% "Great deal" or "Quite a lot" rating. This was higher than the 2015 (52%) and 2014 (53%) ratings, and pretty much matching the average rating for the last ten years (56.2%); and slightly below the 24 years average (57.25%). The 24 year high was 64% in 2004 and the low was 52% in 2015 and 1993.
Combined, these two polls indicate while the vast majority of Americans respect the police, the public confidence in police is just above half. The means we have work to do. The good news is the public confidence in police is much better than the confidence in Television News (21%), Newspapers (20%), the Criminal Justice System (23%), or the medical system (39%). The only institutions included in the poll with a higher rating than the police were the military and small businesses. Those three were the only ones that exceeded 50%.
Another poll of interest is a Gallup poll conducted in July 2016 asking the public opinion of solutions to police deadly shootings. That study showed 36% indicated changes to "General or Structural" Issues were the most important approaches. These included things like relations, communications, understanding, gun control, less focus on race, and more accurate reporting by media/politicians not blowing issue out of proportion. 27% indicated "Changes among blacks" was the most important approach. This included things like changing attitude and more respect toward police, better cooperation with police, accountability/responsibility for own actions, obey the law, better education for blacks, and more/better jobs. 21% indicated "changes in police and police operations" were the most important approaches. This included better training, police using more patients, slow down actions, use common sense, reduced brutality, better hiring, more diverse hiring.
Gallup October 2016 Death Penalty poll shows 60% support the death penalty and 37% oppose. 41% said the death penalty is not used enough, 26% said it is used the right amount and 26% said it was used too often.
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Americans' confidence in the police has edged back up this year after dropping last year to its lowest point in 22 years. Currently, 56% of Americans have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the police, four percentage points higher than in 2015.
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