Poll shows respect for police nears all-time high – go figure
Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan October 25, 2016
With images and videos in the news regularly showing riots and police officers being pelted by rocks and bottles, being shot at, being in the path of fleeing vehicles, and enduring profane gestures and insults at incident scenes, one would be hard pressed to learn that Americans’ respect for police is near an all-time high.
That is correct – respect for police is near an ALL-TIME high.
According to a Gallup poll, the percentage of Americans who say they have a “great deal” of respect for the police in their area has climbed to 76% – just a single percentage point shy of the all-time high of 77% (recorded 49 years ago). According to Gallup, between October 2015 and October 2016, the percentage of non-whites who said they had a great deal of respect for the police increased from 43 percent to 67 percent.
In fact, Gallup said respect for the police has increased over the past year among Americans of differing racial groups, ideologies, political affiliations and age!
Since 1965, Gallup has asked this question nine times: “How much respect do you have for the police in your area – a great deal, some, or hardly none?”
In August 1967, the results showed 77% said they had a great deal of respect for police. In 2005, the results showed the lowest number of respondents indicating a great deal of respect for police – 56%.
Anyone who knows me knows that for years I have been a vocal supporter of our police officers – the vast majority of whom work hard daily (under very stressful and often dangerous conditions) to protect us and to help maintain order by enforcing our laws.
The old news business saying ‘If it bleeds, it leads’ is sadly true, as the media doesn’t want to pay attention to “good news” or fears a minority voice backlash if they do cover positive police news. The media, in effect, is playing in to the false myth (in some places) that the police are disliked and cannot be trusted.
So I wonder where or even if the Gallup poll results will get coverage in the local media in Milwaukee.
I strongly doubt it, and to me that is sad.
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