Respect for police has climbed to a near-record high, according to a new Gallup poll.
The poll results showed that 76 percent of adults said they have a “great deal” of respect of their local police, a 12-point jump since last year’s 64%.
The all-time high occurred in 1967 when 77 percent of respondents said they had a “great deal” of respect.
The sharp increase over the past year in professed respect for local law enforcement comes as many police say they feel they are on the defensive — both politically and for their lives while they are on duty — amid heated national discussions on police brutality and shootings.
Although confidence in police varies among subgroups, majorities of all groups say they have a great deal of respect for their local police. And the percentage of national adults who say they have “hardly any” respect for local law enforcement remains small.