Brits Confidence In Police Drops Dramatically In Last Two Years
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Brits Confidence In Police Drops Dramatically In Last Two Years

Rachael Grealish March 16, 2022

Confidence in UK police has dropped in the last two years as only half of Brits think the police are doing a good job.

Two years ago, in February 2020, seven in ten Britons said they thought the police were doing well, now according to a YouGov poll barely half of the public (53 percent) think this way.

The results even showed the percentage saying that the police are doing a bad job has more than doubled from 15 percent to 37 percent.

Split Among Voters

When split amongst voters Conservative voters are more likely to think the police are doing a good job (61 percent) than Labour voters (44 percent).

The loss of approval in the police has been particularly stronger among Labour voters, falling 31pts from 75 percent in February 2020.

Less Confidence In Tackling Local Crime

Along with losing support from the public, many Brits surveyed said they are losing confidence in the police’s ability to deal with crime locally.

The proportion of Britons saying they have ‘a great deal’ or ‘a fair amount’ of confidence in the police’s ability to tackle local crime now sits at 43 percent, and around half (47 percent) of the public now have ‘not very much confidence’ or ‘no confidence at all’ in the police.

Once again it’s Labour voters who have lost the most confidence – both Tory and Labour supporters had the same level of confidence in the police way back in February 2020, standing at 56 percent.

Since then this has dipped slight to 47 percent for Tories, and dropped dramatically to just 35 percent among Labour voters.

Crime On The Rise

A huge number of Brits surveyed thought crime has risen nationally – according to the results 61 percent believe crime has risen over the last few years.

On the other side one in six (17 percent) think the level of crime across the country has remained constant, while just four percent think it has gone down.

When it comes to crime in their local area, Britons are much more divided on the matter, however not many are in support crime is on the decrease.

A third of Brits (37 percent) said they think crime has risen in their local area over the last few years, while almost four in ten, 39 percent, say it has stayed the same.

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Rachael is the Senior Content Editor at Freshered. She is NCTJ qualified with an MA in journalism. Rachael has almost ten years experience as a journalist in regional, national and international press and is passionate about creating engaging content.