Four in five whites (80 percent) tell Gallup that they have a great deal of respect for police in their area, up 11 points from previous year.
The numbers are at their highest since 1967, when 77 percent of Americans said they had "a great deal" of respect for officers.
Respect for police has also gone up among Republicans, independents and conservatives.
Americans respect for law enforcement has climbed near a record high, according to a new Gallup poll released on Monday.
Of the 1,017 adults Gallup reached by phone, 76% reported having "great respect" for local police officers, a 12% surge from 2015's numbers. Fifty-six percent of Americans said they had confidence in police in 2016, up from 52 percent the year prior.
Overall, 25% of Americans say they have a great deal of confidence in the police, 27% quite a lot, 30% "some", 16% "very little" and 2% "none".
While FBI Director James Comey denies that police shootings of black people comprise "an epidemic", African-Americans are statistically more likely to attract the attention of law enforcement, thanks to the existence of implicit bias and systemic racism. The approval rating from whites saw an 11-point increase over previous year, and the rating from nonwhites saw a 14-point increase.
"In the poll conducted October 5-9, 17 percent of people said they had "some" respect" while 7 percent said they had "hardly any".
The white support for police officers is up 11 percent from 2015, and the nonwhite support is up 14 percent. And other surveys have shown that Americans tend to have more faith in police in their communities, even if they believe there are problems elsewhere in the U.S. Among people aged 18 to 34, respect for law enforcement jumped by 19 percent in 2016, to a total of 69 percent.
Louisiana became the first state to pass a bill that treats acts targeted against police officers as a hate crime.
One reason for that discrepancy might be that the latter survey was taken in early June, before the killings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
WFMY News 2's Jessica Mensch asked Triad community members how much they respected local police.