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Poll Shows That 81% of Black Americans Want Police Presence to Remain or Increase in Their Area

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A Gallup poll released on Wednesday shows that more than 80%of Black Americans favor the current or more police presence in their area.

Sixty-one percent of Black Americans want police presence to remain the same in their area. Meanwhile, 20% of Black Americans say they would like the police to spend more time in their area. Additionally, 19% say they’d like them to spend less time there.

These findings “are from a June 23-July 6 Gallup Panel survey,” the report explained. They are “administered by web in English and conducted as part of the newly launched Gallup Center on Black Voices.”

“The study includes large samples of Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans, weighted to their correct proportions of the population,” the report added.

Asian Americans are the most likely to want less police presence in their area (28%). This is in contrast with 12% of White Americans, 17% of Hispanic Americans, and 19% of Black Americans.

While the findings show that Black Americans seem to be as comfortable as Americans overall with the amount of police presence, “they differ markedly in their perceptions of how their local police might treat them if they were to interact,” the report says.

“Fewer than one in five Black Americans feel very confident that the police in their area would treat them with courtesy and respect,” the report explains.

“This could either stem from Black Americans’ own negative experiences with the police or from their familiarity with people who have had negative encounters with law enforcement.”

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