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Poll: Whites And Blacks Agree That The Police Don't Treat Races Equally

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While they were skeptical of U.S. police collectively, Americans were more confident in their own local police department. Pew found 62 percent had a good deal or fair amount of confidence in their local police to treat races fairly, while 35 percent had just some confidence or very little.

On the question of their local police, the divide between whites and blacks was more striking: 71 percent of whites had a good deal or fair amount of confidence in the local authorities, while only 36 percent of blacks felt the same way.

The Pew poll, conducted Aug. 20 to 24, surveyed 1,501 U.S. adults. Its overall margin of error is 2.9 percentage points.