By Tom Kludt
PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — Americans’ respect has climbed to a near-record high, according to a new Gallup poll.READ MORE: Police Asking For Help Identifying Man Wanted In Strawberry Mansion Hit-And-Run That Killed 8-Year-Old Boy
The findings, released Monday, show that 76% of adults said they have “a great deal” of respect for their local police — a 12-point jump since last year and just one point shy of the all-time Gallup high in 1967.
Another 17% of Americans said they have “some” respect, while 7% said they have “hardly any.”
The poll was released against the backdrop of more than two years of regular nationwide protests over police encounters with unarmed African-Americans.READ MORE: Open For Business: Spike's Trophies Focusing On Wins After Dealing With Major Losses During Pandemic
Gallup found racial split in attitudes toward police, with 80% of whites saying they have “a great deal” of respect for local law enforcement, compared with 67% of non-whites.
Those numbers for each group were higher than the previous year, when 69% of whites and 53% of nonwhites said they have “a great deal” of respect.
The Gallup survey also showed police improving their public standing in another area earlier this year, too. A poll in June showed 56% of Americans have confidence in police, up from a 22-year low of 52% in 2015.
The Gallup poll was conducted October 5-9 via telephone with a random sample of 1,017 adults, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Agrees To Equip All Officers With Tasers Year After Police Killing Of Walter Wallace Jr.
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