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“Three in four Amer­i­cans (76 per­cent) say they have ‘a great deal’ of re­spect for the po­lice in their area, up 12 per­cent­age points from last year,” re­ports Justin McCarthy, a Gallup an­a­lyst who notes that this find­ing is sig­nif­i­cantly higher now than in any mea­sure­ment taken since the 1990s, and is just one point be­low the high of 77 per­cent recorded in 1967.

“The in­crease in shoot­ings of po­lice co­in­cided with high-pro­file in­ci­dents of law en­force­ment of­fi­cials shoot­ing and killing un­armed black men. De­spite the flar­ing of racial ten­sions after th­ese in­ci­dents, re­spect for lo­cal po­lice has in­creased among both whites and non­whites,” Mr. McCarthy writes. “Four in five whites (80 per­cent) say they have a great deal of re­spect for po­lice in their area, up 11 points from last year. Mean­while, two in three non­whites (67 per­cent) re­port hav­ing the same level of re­spect, an in­crease of 14 points from last year.”

Re­spect for law en­force­ment is the high­est, across 14 de­mo­graphic groups, among Repub­li­cans (86 per­cent) and con­ser­va­tives (85 per­cent), the poll found.

“But solid ma­jori­ties of Democrats (68 per­cent) and lib­er­als (71 per­cent) re­port the same level of re­spect,” Mr. McCarthy noted. The ap­pre­ci­a­tion among lib­eral re­spon­dents, in fact, is up the most — ris­ing by 21 per­cent­age points in the last year.


Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee Chair­man Reince Priebus main­tains that, de­spite a bumpy road, the GOP re­mains be­hind Don­ald Trump.

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