ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — Americans' respect for police has climbed to a near-record high, according to a new Gallup poll.
The findings, released Monday, show that 76 percent of adults said they have "a great deal" of respect for their local police — a 12-point jump since last year and just one point shy of the all-time Gallup high in 1967.
Another 17 percent of Americans said they have "some" respect, while 7 percent said they have "hardly any."
The poll was released against the backdrop of more than two years of regular nationwide protests over police encounters with unarmed African-Americans.
Gallup found racial split in attitudes toward police, with 80 percent of whites saying they have "a great deal" of respect for local law enforcement, compared with 67 percent of non-whites.
Those numbers for each group were higher than the previous year, when 69 percent of whites and 53 percent of nonwhites said they have "a great deal" of respect.
The Gallup survey also showed police improving their public standing in another area earlier this year, too. A poll in June showed 56 percent of Americans have confidence in police, up from a 22-year low of 52 percent in 2015.
The Gallup poll was conducted October 5-9 via telephone with a random sample of 1,017 adults, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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