June 10, 2021: Seventy-seven percent (77%) of voters have a favorable opinion of their local police department. Seventeen percent (17%) have an unfavorable view.
A majority of every measured demographic group holds a favorable opinion of their local police. That includes 81% of white voters, 77% of Hispanic voters, and 57% of Black voters.
The survey also found that 48% of voters believe police officers are harassed and endangered by the actions of people they encounter more than they abuse their authority. Thirty-five percent (35%) take the opposite view and believe it is more common for police officers to abuse their authority.
There is a substantial partisan divide on this question. Seventy-five percent (75%) of Republicans believe police are more likely to be harassed and endangered. Fifty-four percent (54%) of Democrats believe police are more likely to abuse their authority. 
Independent voters are more evenly divided. Forty-two percent (42%) believe police are more likely to be endangered, while 32% take the opposite view.
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- ScottRasmussen.com, "48% Say Police Officers More Likely to be Harassed Than to Abuse Their Authority," June 5, 2021
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