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Few Think Police Shootings Are Cop's Fault

A funeral is being held in Sacramento today for Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man who was killed by Sacramento police officers in his grandmother’s backyard. The funeral comes amid nearly two weeks of protests and unrest in the city over Clark’s death. But even in light of Clark’s shooting, most Americans continue to rate the police highly and think most officer-involved deaths are not their fault.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 67% of American Adults rate the performance of the police in the area where they live as good or excellent. That’s down just slightly from 70% in July and in March 2016. Just seven percent (7%) rate their local cops poorly. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 25-26, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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