Quinnipiac University released the findings of a poll today, indicating that while the majority of New Yorkers oppose the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics, that majority is surprisingly slim. Of the 1,093 registered voters polled (by phone), only 51% of New York City voters oppose stop-and-frisk, while 43% support it.
It won’t come as a shock that the breakdown of opinion generally follows racial lines. Young black men are among the most heavily targeted by stop-and-frisk, and 69% of black voters are against it. Hispanic voters oppose the practice 51% to 42% supporting it.
White men and women are among the least stopped and frisked of New Yorkers. White voters polled support stop-and-frisk 56% to a 39% opposing it.
When asked their feelings on Commissioner Ray Kelly’s work, 61% of those polled said they approve of the job he’s doing. Only 26% disapprove. I recommend everyone check out this video posted by the New York Times and reassess. (Photo: Pamela Drew/Flickr)