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19% Say Police Tactics Are Too Harsh

Americans recognize the importance of police officers but one-in-five think their local cops need to dial down their tactics.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 66% of American Adults agree that being a police officer is one of the most important jobs in our country today. Twenty-one percent (21%) disagree, but 13% are undecided. This shows little change from 2017. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 26-27, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on August 26-27, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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