Thursday, October 13, 2011

Public Confidence In The Police Is Pretty Good

American Public Media's philosophy and religion blog "On Being" is not one I usually use as a source on The Crime Analyst's Blog though I do read it. However, they had this bit that I thought was worth commenting on. They quoted a Gallup poll on confidence in institutions. Top of the list was the military. What I found encouraging was where the police ended up.

Here’s the complete list of the percentage of Americans who say they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in them:

78% - Military
64% - Small business
56% - Police
48% - Church or organized religion
39% - Medical system
37% - U.S. Supreme Court
35% - Presidency
34% - Public schools
28% - Criminal justice system
28% - Newspapers
27% - Television news
23% - Banks
21% - Organized labor
19% - Big business
19% - Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs)
12% - Congress

Another thing I though interesting was that while confidence in the police ranked pretty high, confidence in the criminal justice system was not so favorable. It's also probably no surprise where Congress ended up.

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