According to a CBS News/YouGov poll released on Sunday, April 25, most black Americans supported their local police, with 70 percent saying they are doing a somewhat or excellent job.
The survey was conducted between April 21 and 24, 2021, with a sample of 2,527 U.S. residents and a margin of error of +/- 2.3 points.
Gender, race, political affiliation, whether a person supported President Joe Biden or former President Donald Trump, political party, race/ethnicity, and, for whites, level of education were all factors in the poll.
Seventy-one percent of liberals rated their local police more positively compared to 29 percent. Among moderates, the figures were 80 to 20, and Conservatives, 89 to 11. Seventy-six percent of Biden supporters supported their local police, while 89 percent of Trump supporters approved their local police. Overall the figures were 79 percent to 21 percent.
The poll came out amid continuous police shooting news reported recently and the Democrats’ cries for “police reform,” “defunding police” agenda. Somehow the Americans in general and the African Americans, in particular, have shown their support steadily throughout the years, even after the George Floyd event and massive protests held by Black Lives Matter.
As people get older, it seems that their respect for law enforcement grows. The numbers were 69 to 31 percent for those under the age of 30. The results for those aged 65 and older were significantly higher, 94 to 6 percent.
Another question in the survey asked whether Americans agreed with Black Lives Matter’s ideas.
White Americans are divided on the group’s ideas, with 41% agreeing, 46% disagreeing, and 13% being unsure. Seventy-five percent of Black Americans approved the group’s ideas, while 13% did not, and 12% were undecided. Overall, 48 percent agreed with the group’s ideas, while 38 percent said no and 13 percent were unsure.
Age and support for BLM are found to be inversely related in the surveys.
Sixty-two percent of respondents under 30 agreed with BLM, while 29 percent disagreed and 9% were unsure. As the age group increases, their positive view of BLM decreases. Just 39% of those aged 65 and older agreed with the group’s ideas, while 47% disagreed and 14% were unsure.
According to a Rasmussen Reports poll last year, African-Americans were most concerned about public safety following the death of George Floyd in police custody at the end of May 2020.
The survey found that 64% are concerned that the growing criticism of America’s police will lead to a shortage of police officers and reduce public safety in the community where they live. But 33% did not share that concern about the risk to public safety.
As many as 67% of black Americans were concerned about public safety where they live, compared to 63% of whites and 65% of other minority Americans.
The survey, conducted from June 21- to June 22, 2020, found that more than 60% of both men and women were concerned about local public safety if the criticism of the police worsens.