Policing in America: Understanding Public Attitudes Toward the Police. Results from a National Survey
93 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2017
Date Written: December 7, 2016
While 68% of white Americans have a favorable view of the police, only 40% of African Americans and 59% of Hispanics have a favorable view. Attitudes have changed little since the 1970s when 67% of whites and 43% of blacks reported favorable views of the police. Racial minorities do not have monolithic attitudes toward the police. This report finds that Hispanics’ perceptions of police occupy a “middle ground” between black and white Americans’ views.
Keywords: Public Opinion Polling, Police Brutality, Criminal Justice, Police Reform, Race
JEL Classification: J15
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