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Poll: Most Whites Approve of Police Using Violent Force

Majority of whites approve of police hitting people, according to new poll

Whites in the United States approve of police officers hitting people in far greater numbers than Blacks and Hispanics do, a striking difference at a time when the U.S. is struggling to deal with police use of deadly force against minorities, according to a major American trend survey.

Seven of 10 Whites polled, or 70 percent, said they can imagine a situation in which they would approve of a police officer striking an adult male citizen, according to the 2014 General Social Survey, a long-running measurement of trends in American opinions. When asked the same question, just 42 percent of Blacks and 38 percent of Hispanics said they could.

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