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Graph showing the percent of Whites and Blacks that report having confidence in the police each year from 1994 to 2015. Blacks consistently report having less confidence in the police than Whites.

Data Source: Compiled by the Prison Policy Initiative from Gallup's Annual "Confidence in Institutions" survey series. (Graph: Rachel Gandy, 2015)

This graph originally appeared in One institution, two different views: How Black and White Americans regard the police.

Each year, Gallup asks a random sample of U.S. adults the following question: "I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one-a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little: the police?" This graph shows the percentage of people by race who answered that they had "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the police. Whites consistently report higher levels of confidence in the police than the average American, while Blacks report markedly lower confidence levels than the average American.

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