March 1, 2021: If they were alone and approached by a police officer, 43% of African American voters say they would feel threatened rather than safe. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 33% of African Americans would feel safe, and 24% are not sure.
These results are especially striking because a majority or plurality of every other measured demographic group would feel safe in that situation. Seventy-six percent (76%) of white voters would feel safe, along with 53% of Hispanic voters.
Overall, among all voters, 67% would feel safe, and 18% would feel threatened.
There was no gender gap but a significant generation gap. Among senior citizens, 89% would feel safe, and 3% would be threatened. Voters 18-24 were more evenly divided: 41% would feel safe, 39% threatened.
On a partisan basis, 81% of Republicans say they would feel safe in that situation. So would 59% of Democrats and 62% of independents.
There is a significant gap between the views of white and Black Democrats. Seventy-two percent (72%) of white Democrats would feel safe, while only 14% would be threatened. However, a plurality of Black Democrats (44%) would feel threatened. Just 37% would feel safe.
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- ScottRasmussen.com, "43% of African-Americans would feel threatened if approached by police officer," February 24, 2021
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