Poll: blacks in New York want more police despite death of Eric Garner
According to a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, 56 percent of New York City voters feel that police issuing summonses and making arrests for low-level offenses improves the quality of life in a neighborhood.
Police action improves the quality of life, 49 percent of black voters say.
New York City voters support 60-34 percent, with very little difference among black and white voters, having police issue summonses or make arrests for low-level quality of life offenses, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.
Support for the so-called “Broken Windows” policy is 61-33 percent among white voters, 56-37 percent among black voters and 64-34 percent among Hispanic voters. By a 61-33 percent margin, with almost no difference between blacks and whites, voters want police to enforce quality of life issues in their neighborhood.
74 percent of voters polled say police brutality is a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” problem, the highest number since 78 percent in a 2001 survey.
47 percent of black voters want police to stop someone for selling loose cigarettes illegally on the street in their neighborhood, even if it means making an arrest, while 40 percent say police should ignore this type of activity.
Overall, black residents in New York remain negative about cops citywide. Despite these sentiments, 68 percent of voters say there is no excuse for how police acted in the death of Eric Garner, while 24 percent say police action was understandable.
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