About four-in-ten Americans say they either own a gun themselves or live in a household with guns, and 48% say they grew up in a household with guns.
Americans have broad exposure to guns, whether they personally own one or not. About seven-in-ten say they have fired a gun at some point and 42% currently live in a gun-owning household.
Officers' feelings of frustration and anger are linked to views of the public and police tactics.
In 2015, 47% of the violent crimes and 35% of the property crimes tracked by the Bureau of Justice Statistics were reported to police.
About a quarter of all officers say they have ever fired their service weapon while on the job. Are some more likely than others to have fired their weapon in the line of duty?
Among the challenges U.S. police officers perceive on the job is a widespread feeling that police are mistreated by the media.
The public and the police differ on issues ranging from an assault rifle ban to racial progress in the U.S., but their views align on other issues.
Female police officers sometimes differ sharply from male officers in their views of policing and their experiences.
On some subjects, racial differences among the police are considerably more pronounced than they are among the public as a whole.
A new Pew Research Center nationwide survey of 7,917 police officers focuses on a wide range of topics about policing, including how police view their jobs, officers’ experiences in the field and how these fatal encounters have impacted the way they do their jobs.