About that abrupt opinion shift…

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

police cars lined upOne analyst is skeptical about a new poll that shows roughly half of Americans now think police violence is a "very" or "extremely" serious problem.

That percentage was around a third just eight months ago, according to an Associated Press/NORC poll. The change comes after the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in May and the protests and riots that followed.

As pollsters note that such an abrupt opinion change is rare, Christian apologist, author, and religion and culture analyst Alex McFarland says it has little to do with the actual prevalence of police brutality.

"If those numbers are true, if the majority of Americans are suspect of law enforcement, I think it's not because law enforcement is necessarily corrupt," he offers. "I think it's because people have been coached into having a negative perception of law enforcement."

And like journalism, McFarland points out that polling can be biased as well.

"Journalism nowadays basically has an ideology or a narrative that they want to set forth," he observes. "Very often, polls are not objective. The pollster has an outcome that they desire to achieve."

McFarland

McFarland believes clear-thinking Americans condemn actual police brutality, but they realize that the vast majority of American law enforcement officers are good, if not heroic people.

"Honestly, I truly believe that American citizens need to get on their knees and thank God for the men and women of law enforcement," he submits.

As for the American public's changing attitudes, the apologist suspects technology has a lot to do with it, because even though social media holds people accountable "to a degree," McFarland says, "The downside is that people can cherry-pick a sound bite or a Facebook post and … validate some presumptive bias."

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