Majority of Phoenix residents view police department favorably, poll finds

Oct 14, 2020, 12:00 PM
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PHOENIX — A new poll from OH Predictive Insights found that a majority of Phoenix residents have a positive opinion of the city’s police department.

The poll, which was done in partnership with the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, showed that 56% of registered voters in the city viewed the department strongly or somewhat favorably, while 22% had a strongly or somewhat unfavorable view.

The poll, conducted Sept. 17-Oct. 2, also found that 59% of respondents gave the agency an A or B rating, while 15% gave it a D rating or worse.

“The data is clear,” Mike Noble, chief of research for the Phoenix research firm that conducted the poll, said in a press release. “Voters in the city of Phoenix appreciate the job their police force does and would feel safer with more men and women in uniform on the street.”

Of the 284 respondents who’d interacted with a Phoenix police officer in the past year, 69% rated the experience as very positive or somewhat positive, with 16% classifying it as neutral and 15% saying it was somewhat or very negative.

When asked how they thought how the local force compared with police departments in other large cities, 45% of respondents said Phoenix Police does a better job, 28% said about the same, and 16% said Phoenix was worse.

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Majority of Phoenix residents view police department favorably, poll finds