Accuracy in Media

A joint survey conducted by Gallup and the Charles Koch Foundation had some interesting survey results of ‘fragile’ communities’ attitudes toward police officers.

The survey used ‘fragile’ to describe struggling communities in which poverty and crime are significant problems for local residents.

ABC News was the only major news organization to report on the survey at publishing time.

Here are the main findings from the survey:

  • 51 percent of respondents say they see crime increasing in their neighborhoods, an increase from 40 percent in an  October 2017 survey
  • 39 percent of black residents responded that they had little to no confidence in police in their communities
  • 26 percent of Hispanic residents and 21 percent of white residents agreed with that statement
  • Regarding respect for police, 19 percent of blacks responded they had little or no respect for the police
  • Compare that response to other ethnicities, where 11 percent of whites and 9 percent of Hispanics had little or no respect for police
  • 84 percent of respondents said they want more money spent on better education and job training, not law enforcement, prisons and judges
  • About six in ten respondents would move out of their current neighborhood if they had the means to do so.

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