If you listened to the so-called “mainstream” media hype lately, you’d think everyone hates cops. It turns out, however, that just the opposite is true.
According to a new Gallup poll, despite recent racial tensions connected to multiple officer-involved deaths, Americans' respect for police is nearing a record level and reaches across racial lines. The poll’s findings, released Monday, show that 76 percent of U.S. adults said they have “a great deal” of respect for local police—a 12-point jump since last year and just one point shy of the all-time Gallup high in 1967. Seventeen percent reported having “some” respect for cops, while just 7 percent said they have “hardly any.” Gallup reports that both minorities and whites approve of police, with 80 percent of whites saying they have “a great deal” of respect for local police compared with 67 percent of people of color.
These numbers are also higher than the previous year, when 69 percent of whites and 53 percent of nonwhites said they have “a great deal” of respect.