Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Black Americans Support Their Local Police

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A CBS News/YouGov poll released on Sunday found that 70 percent of black Americans believe their local police are doing a somewhat or very good job. The remaining 30 percent said the police were doing a somewhat or very bad job. The results for whites were 82 and 18 percent, respectively. Among Hispanics, 77 percent rated their local police favorably compared to 22 percent, unfavorably. Overall support for local police came in at 79 and 21 percent. That’s pretty solid approval for a group that has been vilified so intensely over the past year. The poll broke down the group by gender, race, political ideology, whether an individual supported President Joe Biden or former President Donald Trump, political party, race/ethnicity and for whites, by level of education. The results for males and females were identical. Seventy-nine percent of each group said they support their local police while 21 percent did not. Among liberals, the figures were 71 to 29 percent; Moderates, 80 to 20; and Conservatives, 89 to 11. So, we see a distinct trend here. Conservatives view their local police more positively than their liberal friends.

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