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New Poll Says Most Blacks Against Stop-and-Frisk, While Whites Approve

Quinnipiac survey also found most approve of the job Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and the NYPD are doing.

A new Quinnipiac University poll finds that 69 percent of black voters in New York City oppose stop-and-frisk, while 57 percent of whites support the policy.

Overall voter opinion of the police practice comes down to a narrow 50 – 45 percent disapproval.

A decrease in police use of stop and frisk would not lead to an increase in gun violence, 50 percent of voters said. Out of black voters, 63 percent agreed with the statement.

"Public opinion is just about down-the-middle on the police tactic of stop and frisk. If the decline in such stops persists, will gun violence grow? On this question, too, New Yorkers are divided," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Interestingly, a localized Brooklyn Patch with 54 percent of our readers calling for the abolishment – or at least a major overhaul – of the police practice. 39 percent said it was a necessary tactic to rid the streets of crime, and 6 percent undecided.

In February, to a New York Civil Liberties Union report that said said stop-and-frisks were up six times their amount since 2002, calling the practice “an abuse of power that perpetuates distrust between the NYPD and the communities it serves.”

The Quinnipiac poll, though, found that most approve of the job Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is doing.

64 percent of voters polled support Kelly’s office (with 26 percent disapproving). Among black voters, the number is a little less, with 51 percent supporting Kelly, and 39 percent disapproving of his tactics.

In May, City Council Speaker would be “incredibly lucky” to have Kelly remain head of NYPD, though other candidates pledged to replace him.

Overall, voters approve 57 - 33 percent of the job police are doing.

"Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and his cops continue to get high marks,” Carroll said.

Gregg August 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Count me as one White person who considers "stop & frisk" completely racist.
SuF August 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Words can tell a quick tale, and in this case they create harsh feelings. The headline says "most" blacks oppose it and there's no qualifier for whites, yet the percentage of whites who *oppose* it is 47%. That may not be "most" but it certainly doesn't translate into "whites approve". That's untrue and it only serves to create division, and we all know how much trouble that can lead to. What was the point or purpose of writing the headline in that way?
Park Slope rider August 21, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I second you Gregg and thanks SuF for you post. As a white guy (who is more likely to be found with a weapon yet less likely to be searched) the actions of this police department seem way out of the bounds of decency "Most" New Yorkers expect.
Parksloper August 22, 2012 at 01:18 AM
"As a white guy (who is more likely to be found with a weapon" You have proof to back that up? Also, most crime is committed by blacks... most crime is black on black, not white liberal elites, hence the stop and frisk in certain neighborhoods. It's not rocket science.
Patrick Shane August 23, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Poll: Is Stop and Frisk a Violation of the 4th Amendment? https://electedface.com/article_full_view.php?ArtID=71 Watch the Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgSZMjKz1DY

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