Poll: Black Americans less likely to feel safe during police interactions

When asked how much they generally trust their local police, only 14% of black Americans say they trust their police force “very much.” The general population was more than twice as likely (33%) as the black community to choose this answer. Meanwhile, only 7% of the general population, and 13% of black people say they “don’t trust [the police] at all.”

Black Americans are also significantly more likely than the total population to believe that it’s common for innocent people to be arrested and convicted for crimes they didn’t commit. Half (50%) of the total population believes it’s somewhat or very common for innocent people to be arrested for a crime; nearly three-quarters (73%) of black Americans chose the same answers. About four in ten people (42%) overall say it’s common for innocent people to be convicted of a crime, while 67% of black people say it is common.