Poll: 63% of Americans Favor Eliminating Qualified Immunity for Police

Posted: 18 Sep 2021

Date Written: July 16, 2020

Abstract

The Cato Institute Summer 2020 National Survey of 2,000 Americans conducted with YouGov finds that nearly two‐​thirds (63%) of Americans support eliminating qualified immunity so that police officers can be sued for misconduct even if there is no previous legal case with similar facts that ruled officers may not engage in that conduct. Thirty‐​seven percent (37%) oppose ending qualified immunity.

Keywords: qualified immunity, police officers, cop, cop immunity, police immunity, police reform, public opinion

JEL Classification: B10, Y1, Y10, H10

Suggested Citation

Ekins, Emily E., Poll: 63% of Americans Favor Eliminating Qualified Immunity for Police (July 16, 2020). Cato Institute, Survey Reports (2020), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3659979

Emily E. Ekins (Contact Author)

Cato Institute ( email )

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Washington, DC 20001-5403
United States

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