RESPECT FOR POLICE SURGES
“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.