Duluth News Tribune- Our View: Minnesotans embrace police even as backlash continues

by News Tribune | August 31, 2015
Polling in June found an overwhelmingly positive view of, and overwhelming support for, law enforcement and officers in our state.
Police officers in the U.S. are under fire again this summer and are taking heat after a few shocking and unacceptable incidents of alleged police brutality, some caught on video and shared widely via social media.
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But apparently that’s elsewhere and not so much here in Minnesota. Polling in June found an overwhelmingly positive view of, and overwhelming support for, law enforcement and officers in our state.

“The survey results demonstrate that recent nationwide events have had a negligible impact on public opinion of ‘their’ local police in Minnesota,” the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association said last week in announcing the poll results. “The Minnesota survey data finds an overwhelmingly positive view of local law enforcement across the state.”

Indeed, 90 percent of Minnesotans polled this summer indicated they approved of or strongly approved of the way their “local police force handles its job.” The endorsement was equally shared by men (89 percent) and women (91 percent) as well as by Republicans (90 percent) and Democrats (89 percent).
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Last month’s survey in Minnesota was conducted by Harper Polling of Pennsylvania. It involved 450 registered Minnesota voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.62 percent. The polling was done June 15-16.
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Harper Polling