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Survey: Confidence in Most Police Remains High Nationwide

By    |   Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 08:20 PM

Americans' confidence in law enforcement remains high despite high-profile incidents alleging police violence and misconduct by federal agents, the Huffington Post reports.

According to a HuffPost/YouGov survey, 25 percent of respondents have a "great deal" of trust in their local police and 36 percent have a "fair amount" of trust.

As for police officers nationwide, 19 percent of respondents have a "great deal" of trust and 37 percent have a "fair amount," the survey finds.

In other results:
  • 67 percent of whites trust their local police, and 63 percent of whites say the same about police nationwide; but only 36 percent of blacks trust their local police, and just 27 percent of blacks trust police nationwide.
  • 63 percent of respondents trust the FBI, but only 52 percent trust the Drug Enforcement Agency, 50 percent trust the CIA and 49 percent trust the Secret Service.
Respondents were less trusting in an Economist/YouGov survey that found only 11 percent think police officers are more honest than most people; 61 percent think police are as honest as anyone else and 24 percent think they're less honest. Issues of alleged police brutality, racism and accountability have been in the news since the shooting death last August of unarmed black man Michael Brown, 18, by white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson.

Federal agencies have been rocked by scandals involving the Secret Service, including parties with prostitutes in Columbia in 2012 and security breaches last year, and the DEA, whose agents allegedly attended sex orgies funded by drug cartel members.

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