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Monday, April 04, 2016

What America Thinks: Good Cop, Bad Cop

The police often get a bad rap in the media these days, but most Americans are glad they're on the job. Seventy-two percent (72%) of Americans rate the performance of their local police as good or excellent.

But when it comes to perceptions of how the police treat minority suspects, race makes all the difference: Blacks feel they are treated unfairly; whites and other minority Americans don't see it that way. Seventy percent (70%) of voters, however, think the level of crime in low-income inner city communities is a bigger problem in America today than police discrimination against minorities.

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters worry that there is a war on police in America today, and even more (60%) think comments critical of the police by some politicians are making it more dangerous for police officers to do their jobs. As far as voters are concerned, they prefer a candidate who is pro-cop.