It’s easy to hate on the Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd’s death, but what about the men and women in blue in your neighborhood?
A recent Rasmussen poll finds that 67% of Americans think of their local peace officers as good or excellent, with just 9% rating them as poor.
That’s a 7% drop in positive rating from last year, but in line with the average of the past several years.
As for tactics, 20% think their local police are too harsh, while 12% say they should go further, and 55% say they use just the right amount of force, and 13% aren’t sure.
The big change from last year is how Americans view deaths that involve the police. In the poll, 27% said that most deaths involving the police are the fault of the officers, which is up from just 13% last year. Just 37% think the death is the fault of the suspect, down from readings in 50% rage for several years.
Just 16% say most police officers are racist, while 65% disagree.