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Research Question

How much of the time do you trust the following groups to do what is right?

• Just about always

• Most of the time

• Only some of the time

• None of the time

Highlights

Trust

Don’t Trust

• Just over 60% of Angelenos trust their police department to do what is right, a consistenttrend since 2017.

• Only one in three African Americans trust their police department to do what is right.

• Trust increases with age and higher annual household income and is highest among Asians (76%), those with an annual household income of $150K or higher (71%), conservatives (71%), and whites (70%).

About this Research

StudyLA’s Los Angeles Public Opinion Survey is the largest general social survey of any metropolitan area in urban America.

This question is from the Los Angeles Public Opinion Survey of adult Los Angeles County residents conducted by the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles (StudyLA) every January. The survey comprises 20-minute telephone interviews and online surveys. Residents are asked about quality-of-life perceptions, personal economic wellbeing, economic concerns, overall life satisfaction, and various topical issues.

The margin of error is ±3.0%.

Note, in 2017, the question was only asked of city of Los Angeles residents while in 2018-2020, the question was asked of all Los Angeles County residents.

Publication Date

2020

Recommended Citation for Data Brief

Police Trust Data Brief: 2020 Los Angeles Public Opinion Survey. Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California

Police Trust Data Brief

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