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There is a sharp racial divide in the way police are perceived in the United States, according to a Fusion poll of likely voters ages 18-34.

When asked, "Do you trust police officers to treat you and your friends fairly?" 49 percent of African Americans answered "yes," compared to 66 percent of white people, and 57 percent of Hispanics.


There's also a substantial divide along political lines. Seventy-four percent of Republicans said they trust police officers to treat them fairly, compared to 59 percent of those who identify as independents and 56 percent of Democrats.

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In the wake of protests in Ferguson, Mo., respondents were asked about the police's use of military-issued equipment. A majority of young likely voters said they think military-grade weapons are "unnecessary" for police.

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Similar trends are seen along racial lines.

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The greatest difference of opinion was along political lines. Forty percent of Republicans said that they consider military weapons unnecessary for police, compared to 66 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of independents.

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For our complete coverage of the Fusion Millennial Attitudes Poll, click here.

To see the raw poll data provided by our polling firm, Bendixen & Amandi International, click here.


Daniel Rivero is a producer/reporter for Fusion who focuses on police and justice issues. He also skateboards, does a bunch of arts related things on his off time, and likes Cuban coffee.

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