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Americans Recognize Importance of Police

It’s been a rough few years to be a police officer, with high-profile police shootings and riots dominating the news. But despite the negative press, Americans still value  the police.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that most American Adults (70%) rate the performance of the police in the area where they live as good or excellent. That’s virtually unchanged from 2016, but up from 67% in late 2014. Just five percent (5%) think their local police are doing a poor job. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on May 31-June 1, 2017 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 May 31-June 1, 2017 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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