Poll: 68 percent of voters approve of the police over politicians, journalists

A majority of voters, Sixty-eight percent, approve of the police, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Registered voters in the June 22-23 poll favored healthcare workers and police more than politicians and journalists.

Ninety-four percent said they approved of the job healthcare workers were doing.

Sixty-two percent approved of their local politicians.

Fifty-nine percent approved of how journalists are doing their job while 56 percent said the same of their representatives in D.C.

While a majority of voters overall said they approved of the job police are doing, the poll found significant differences among age groups, racial and ethnic groups and along party lines.

Majorities of voters 35 years or older gave the police high approval ratings — between 70 and 90 percent —  while just 40 percent of voters 18-34 felt the same.

The survey found 77 percent of white voters and 62 percent of Hispanic voters approved of the job the police are doing.

By contrast, just 26 percent of black voters said the same.

While majorities of partisans approved of the police, the poll found varying degrees of support based on party. 

Eighty-seven percent of Republican voters said they approved of police compared to 56 percent of Democrats.

The poll comes as calls for police reform at the federal level have been mounting in the wake of the George Floyd protests.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 951 registered voters between June 22 and 23. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.18 percentage points. 

Gabriela Schulte