Brits untrusting of the police

Brits untrusting of the police

Overall, trust in the police (65%) is noticeably lower among Brits than other essential services such as nurses (86%), doctors (85%) and teachers (80%), with levels of trust varying across regions and ethnic background though still higher than journalists (25% for broadsheet, 13% for tabloid) or politicians (16%).
The North East and East of England are the most trusting of the police force (both 75%) compared to, the least trusting, Wales (53%). Those from an ethnic minority also have much lower levels of trust in the police force with only 46% seeing them as trustworthy vs. 43% who do not.

Racism in the police force is viewed as a major problem, most noticeably in London, with over two fifths in agreement that the police are institutionally racist (45%). Black Londoners are even more likely to think that the police force is institutionally racist, with 54% agreeing with this statement compared to 34% of white Londoners.

Other areas of concern for the police’s reputation, are that half of Brits (51%) believe that the police would protect themselves over all others, and only a fifth (22%) believe that the police would own up if they did something wrong.

However there is some understanding with almost three quarters (72%) agreeing that the police do get a lot of criticism for doing a difficult job. This too has a racial divide though as this number falls to 51% among ethnic minorities.

James Endersby, Managing Director of Opinium:
“The Met have faced incredible challenges which have impacted on the trust Londoners have in their police force, and our research shows that work still has to be done to bridge the divide between London’s many minorities and the boys in blue. However our research also shows the even handedness of Londoners, with many able to recognize that policing the capital is a very difficult job too.”

People trust the police more than journalists but less than nurses

Opinium Research conducted a nationally representative online survey of 2,002 UK adults from 12th to 16th June 2015. Figures for London come from an additional representative survey of 1,001 London adults.