“Three in four Americans think the jury reached the right decision in which former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder in the death of George Floyd, a plurality opinion that stretches through all ethnic, age, and partisan groups,” according to a poll released this weekend by CBS News and YouGov.
CBS News tucked the results to the issue of how well “your local police are doing” at the end of the post.
According to the survey, 70% of black Americans believe their local police are doing “very well” or “somewhat well.”
“While Black Americans are more likely than Whites (39%) to say their local police are doing a ‘very good’ job in their neighborhood, they are less likely than Whites (17%) to say their local police are doing a ‘very good’ job in their community,” CBS News added.
Based on this evidence, it appears that there is a significant disparity in support for police officers based on race. However, the “good” categories — “very good” and “somewhat good” — are separately defined, while the “bad” categories are grouped together — “somewhat/very bad.”
What were they thinking when they did this? Possibly to insinuate a far greater racial divide in support for local cops than actually exists.
People also have a mostly positive view of their local cops. The majority of Americans think they are doing a decent job.
On average, Black Americans have a higher positive opinion of their local police than Whites do, but they are less likely (17%) than Whites (39%) to say their local police are doing a “very good” job in their neighborhood.
The majority of Americans believe there is a larger issue with how police handle Black Americans.
Floyd’s death has influenced public perception of police officers and their treatment of minorities in the United States. Many Republicans believe that interactions between minorities and law enforcement are perfect.
Republicans claim that police handle black and white Americans equally (52 percent say yes, 28 percent say no), despite the fact that the public as a whole disagrees. Overall, Americans believe that police treatment of Black Americans differs from that of White Americans by a margin of 56 percent to 27 percent.
That means Republicans are much more likely than Democrats to assume that Black Americans’ deaths in police custody are isolated events (71 percent), rather than part of a larger issue (29 percent). The majority of the public, both black and white, sees a larger issue. Around half of white Americans (54 percent vs. 46 percent) see a larger issue, while three-quarters of Black Americans do (74 percent vs. 26 percent).
The majority of Americans agree that the deaths of Black Americans in police incidents are symptoms of a larger problem.
In the United States, people’s perceptions of minority-police relations are closely related to their views on overall race relations. Both are thought to be evil in general.
Three out of five Black Americans believe police-community relations are poor in their own neighborhoods.
For a long time, Americans have been concerned about the condition of race relations, though Republicans are more optimistic. Many people believe that things are better in their own neighborhoods than they are in the country as a whole.
Republicans have a much more positive view of race relations in general and police-minority relations in particular. Three-fifths of Republicans (63%) believe that race relations between minorities and the police in America are generally healthy, compared to 37% who believe they are poor. The majority of Americans disagree (38 percent say they are good, 62 percent say bad). Relations between minorities and the police in America are usually grim, according to Black Americans (18% vs. 82%) and Democrats (18% vs. 82%).
While Black Americans have more favorable views of police relations in their own communities than the rest of the nation — 39 percent say relations between minorities and cops in their neighborhood are decent, while 61 percent say they are poor — they are divided on the condition of race relations in their own neighborhoods (51 percent call it bad, compared to 32 percent of Americans overall).
Although black people perceive police relations in their neighborhoods to be poor, white people believe the opposite. In their own neighborhoods, two-thirds of white Americans (66%) say police-minority community relations are fine, while one-third (34%) say they are poor.