Gallup: More than 80% of black Americans want same or more police presence in neighborhood

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 5th, 2020 2:20 pm

Last Updated Aug 6th, 2020 at 7:43 pm

More than 80% of Black Americans say they want local law enforcement to spend the same amount or more time in their neighborhoods as they currently do, according to a Gallup poll conducted last month.

When asked whether they want the police to spend more time, the same amount of time, or less time than they currently do in their area, 61% of black Americans said they wanted the police presence to remain the same.

Meanwhile, 20% said they wanted police to increase their presence within their neighborhood. Just 19% said they would like to see police spend less time in their community.

The June 23-July 6 Gallup Panel survey also revealed that of the four racial/ethnic groups polled — Asian, black, white, and Hispanic Americans — Asian Americans are the most likely to want less of a police presence in their area, polling at 28%.


This contrasts with 12% of white Americans, 17% of Hispanic Americans, and 19% of black Americans.

The survey also asked respondents how often they see police in their neighborhood.

Thirty-two percent of black Americans reported seeing the police often or very often. A majority of black Americans, 41%, said they sometimes see police in their area, while 27% said they rarely or never see them.

According to the survey, the higher frequency with which black Americans see police in the area has very little impact on their preference of more or less police presence.


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