Russian nation’s confidence in police hits record high

 Russian nation’s confidence in police hits record high

Two-thirds of Russians (67%) trust police officers, which is a 20-percent increase compared to 2016, according to a survey conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center.

"Two-thirds of Russians polled have faith in their local police in 2017 (67%, a record high figure), while in 2015 and 2016 this figure stood at 46-47%. Consequently, the level of distrust decreased to 27%," the pollster said. High marks for police performance have nearly doubled over the past year reaching 46% (compared to 24% in 2016).

Communication between citizens and traffic patrol officers has improved from 20% to 33% since 2012 and with local police inspectors - from 15% to 22%. The level of citizens’ trust in police inspectors is higher among those who are familiar with their local police inspectors. "While 22% of our fellow countrymen are familiar with the local inspectors, 26% know who holds this position (the survey was conducted among adults). The total share of these answers has grown to 49% over the past year (from 36% in 2016)," the pollster noted.

According to the survey’s results, the level of willingness to assist police officers in a certain situation is quite high. A total of 90% of those polled said they would clarify the details of the incident they witnessed, while 74% noted they would agree to act as witnesses. The Russian public ascribed orderliness (77%), politeness (66%), amiability (66%), decency (65%), gallantry (65%), competence (64%) and wiliness to help (64%) to police officers.

The pollster interviewed 1800 Russians on November 3-5, 2017.

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