May 8, 2008 - Racial Split As New Yorkers Disagree With Bell Verdict 2-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Police Brutality Is Serious Problem, Most Say

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By a 57 - 30 percent margin, New York City voters disagree with the verdict acquitting three police officers of all charges in the death of Sean Bell, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. White voters support the verdict 48 - 34 percent while black voters disagree 89 - 8 percent and Hispanic voters disagree 71 - 21 percent.

The police shooting of Sean Bell is inexcusable, 54 percent of voters say, while 39 percent say it is tragic but understandable. Whites say 57 - 33 percent the shooting is understandable, while blacks say 81 - 15 percent and Hispanics say 66 - 28 percent it is inexcusable.

A total of 67 percent of voters say police brutality is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem in New York City, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. A total of 53 percent of white voters, 89 percent of black voters and 76 percent of Hispanic voters say police brutality is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem.

All voters approve 51 - 43 percent of the way police citywide are doing their job. White voters approve 71 - 23 percent, but black voters disapprove 72 - 22 percent. Looking at police in their community, all voters approve 66 - 30 percent, with whites approving 80 - 16 percent and black voters split 48 - 48 percent.

"There is a substantial racial divide in New York City on the Sean Bell case and the broader issue of police conduct," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Because of overwhelming margins among black voters, the total balance is against the verdict, backed by feeling that this isn't just an understandable mistake, but an inexcusable tragedy."

Race relations in New York City are good, voters say 59 - 32 percent, with white voters agreeing 69 - 23 percent and black voters split 44 - 44 percent. Mayor Michael Bloomberg gets a 68 - 23 percent approval rating, including 55 - 36 percent among black voters, for the way he handles race relations.

But 61 percent of New York City voters say police are tougher on blacks than whites, as 30 percent say police treat everyone the same. White voters say 50 - 39 percent that police are tougher on blacks, and black voters agree 86 - 8 percent, while Hispanics agree 60 - 33 percent.

The racial divide marks several questions about New York City police, as voters say:
  • 45 - 38 percent that police are not adequately prepared for undercover assignments;
  • 51 - 40 percent that police are not adequately trained in the use of firearms;
  • 43 - 36 percent that the Queens District Attorney's office did all it could to prosecute the Bell case.
There is agreement among blacks and whites as voters say 72 - 18 percent that the officers involved in the Bell shooting should be disciplined by the Police Department. And voters agree 64 - 28 percent that such cases should be handled by a special prosecutor, not the regular district attorneys' offices.

Black and white voters also agree 68 - 26 percent that critics of the Bell verdict should conduct public protests, with white voters agreeing 55 - 35 percent; black voters agreeing 85 - 13 percent and Hispanic voters agreeing 73 - 23 percent.

"Black and white alike, New Yorkers think police are tougher on black New Yorkers than on whites," Carroll said.

"The training for undercover cops is inadequate, according to a plurality of voters and half of all New Yorkers think police are not properly trained on when to shoot their guns.

"Critics of the Bell verdict are right to protest, two thirds of New Yorkers - and an overwhelming majority of black voters - think."

From April 30 - May 5, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,790 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.3 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and nationwide as a public service and for research. For more data -- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Approve                 59%     78%     55%     64%     76%     36%     55%
Disapprove              30      16      32      28      13      55      38
DK/NA                   11       6      13       8      11       9       7
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Approve                 54%     56%     62%     59%     69%     62%     56%
Disapprove              39      32      27      28      24      30      31
DK/NA                    7      12      11      13       7       8      13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner? * 70% on 2/3/06
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        May 7&8 Mar 13  Jan 9   Nov 19  Aug 29  Mar 9   Jan 16
                        2008    2008    2008    2007    2007    2006 *  2007
 
Approve                 59      62      60      55      62      70      52
Disapprove              30      28      23      30      25      17      34
DK/NA                   11      10      16      16      13      13      14
 
 
9. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York City today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Very satisfied           8%     14%      7%      7%     13%      3%      5%
Smwht satisfied         47      48      48      52      56      39      41
Smwht dissatisfied      28      22      29      25      22      32      32
Very dissatisfied       16      16      16      15       8      26      22
DK/NA                    -       -       -       -       -       1       -
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Very satisfied           5%      7%     14%      7%      9%      9%      7%
Smwht satisfied         39      46      51      50      53      49      46
Smwht dissatisfied      32      32      24      24      25      26      29
Very dissatisfied       24      15      10      19      14      15      17
DK/NA                    -       -       1       -       -       -       -
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New York City today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                        May 8   Nov 19  Jul 25  Jul 12  Apr 12  Mar 8   Feb 2
                        2008    2007    2007    2006    2006    2006    2006
 
Very satisfied           8      12      10      16      12      14      13
Smwht satisfied         47      53      54      51      56      54      59
Smwht dissatisfied      28      22      23      22      22      20      19
Very dissatisfied       16      11      12      10       9      12       7
DK/NA                    -       2       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
10. Do you think race relations in New York City today are generally good or generally bad?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Good                    59%     68%     56%     66%     69%     44%     56%
Bad                     32      24      36      24      23      44      38
DK/NA                    9       8       8      10       9      12       6
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Good                    50%     58%     63%     58%     71%     67%     53%
Bad                     39      33      28      31      24      24      37
DK/NA                   10       8       9      11       5       8      10
 
TREND: Do you think race relations in New York City today are generally good or generally bad? (* = All adults)
                        May 8   Jan 16  Jun 15  Apr 19  Apr 8   Jul 21  Jun 28
                        2008    2007    2000    2000    1999    1994*   1994*
 
Good                    59      57      37      30      35      32      27
Bad                     32      31      55      63      53      61      63
DK/NA                    9      12       9       7      12       7      10
 
 
11. Do you think race relations in New York City are getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Better                  25%     27%     24%     29%     28%     20%     23%
Worse                   18      17      18      16      12      25      24
Same                    55      53      57      54      58      53      53
DK/NA                    2       3       2       1       2       2       -
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Better                  20%     23%     28%     26%     30%     29%     22%
Worse                   23      21      14      17      12      15      20
Same                    56      53      56      56      57      55      56
DK/NA                    -       3       2       2       1       2       2
 
TREND: Do you think race relations in New York City are getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same? (* = All adults)
                        May 8   Jan 16  Jun 15  Apr 19  Apr 8   Jul 21
                        2008    2007    2000    2000    1999    1994*
 
Better                  25      25      18      14      19       16
Worse                   18      14      28      45      34       30
Same                    55      58      53      40      44       51
DK/NA                    2       3       1       1       3        4
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor Bloomberg is handling relations between blacks and whites?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Approve                 68%     74%     67%     73%     78%     55%     63%
Disapprove              23      18      24      17      12      36      31
DK/NA                   10       8       9      10      10       9       7
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Approve                 60%     62%     75%     70%     78%     74%     63%
Disapprove              32      26      17      21      13      20      25
DK/NA                    8      12       8       9       9       6      12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way -- is handling relations between blacks and whites?
                        MAYOR           MAYOR
                        BLOOMBERG.....  GIULIANI..............................
                        May 8   Jan 16  Aug 2   Jun 14   Apr 19  May 19  Apr 8
                        2008    2007    2000    2000     2000    1999    1999
 
Approve                 68      64      26      21       20      26      24
Disapprove              23      21      63      68       73      65      65
DK/NA                   10      15      11      11        7       9      11
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor Bloomberg is handling crime?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Approve                 72%     75%     70%     81%     85%     57%     63%
Disapprove              21      20      23      16      10      33      32
DK/NA                    6       4       6       4       5      10       5
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Approve                 65%     71%     79%     72%     77%     78%     68%
Disapprove              30      22      15      22      20      19      23
DK/NA                    6       8       6       6       3       3       8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Michael Bloomberg is handling crime?
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        May 8   Mar 15  Jan 16  Oct 22  Sep 9   Jan 16  May 7
                        2008    2007    2007    2003    2003    2007    2003
 
Approve                 72      71      75      61      60      75      57
Disapprove              21      21      17      28      29      17      31
DK/NA                    6       7       7      11      10       7      12
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are doing their job?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Approve                 51%     72%     46%     58%     71%     22%     46%
Disapprove              43      24      48      38      23      72      48
DK/NA                    6       4       6       4       6       6       7
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Approve                 45%     46%     55%     52%     72%     54%     49%
Disapprove              49      48      38      41      26      41      44
DK/NA                    6       6       7       7       3       5       7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are doing their job?
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        May 8   Mar 13  Mar 15  Jan 16  Apr 13  Feb 7   Apr 20
                        2008    2008    2007    2007    2006    2002    2000
 
Approve                 51      60      60      53      72      76      43
Disapprove              43      33      33      40      20      18      48
DK/NA                    6       7       6       8       8       6       9
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the police in your community are doing their job?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Approve                 66%     79%     63%     70%     80%     48%     61%
Disapprove              30      18      33      27      16      48      36
DK/NA                    4       3       4       2       4       4       3
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Approve                 60%     62%     68%     69%     80%     67%     65%
Disapprove              39      34      27      28      16      30      31
DK/NA                    1       4       5       3       4       3       4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the police in your community are doing their job? * - also 65% on 10/02/1997
                                                                Highest Lowest
                                                                Approve Approve
                        May 8   Mar 15  Jan 16  Apr 13  Jun 23  Feb 7   Apr 20
                        2008    2007    2007    2006    2005    2002    2000 *
 
Approve                 66      68      67      75      73      79      65
Disapprove              30      27      29      20      23      18      28
DK/NA                    4       5       5       6       4       3       6
 
 
16. Do you generally think of the police more as friends, more as enemies, or don't you think of them in either of these ways?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Friends                 34%     47%     31%     35%     43%     18%     35%
Enemies                 11       7      13       8       5      20      13
Neither                 53      44      54      57      51      58      50
DK/NA                    2       3       2       1       2       3       2
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Friends                 31%     33%     34%     32%     49%     36%     32%
Enemies                 15      12      11       9       5      12      10
Neither                 53      51      52      58      46      50      55
DK/NA                    1       4       3       1       -       2       3
 
TREND: Do you generally think of the police more as friends, more as enemies, or don't you think of them in either of these ways?
                        May 8   Jan 16  Apr 13  Jun 23  Jul 3   Feb 7   Apr 20
                        2008    2007    2006    2005    2003    2002    2000
 
Friends                 34      36      45      42      41      47      32
Enemies                 11       9       7       7       7       4      10
Neither                 53      53      46      48      49      46      56
DK/NA                    2       2       2       3       4       2       2
 
 
17. Do you think the New York City Police are adequately prepared to handle undercover assignments?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Yes                     38%     56%     33%     40%     46%     21%     40%
No                      45      28      50      42      32      65      50
DK/NA                   17      17      17      18      23      14      10
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Yes                     32%     37%     36%     40%     56%     42%     34%
No                      55      46      40      45      34      40      49
DK/NA                   13      17      24      15       9      18      17
 
 
18. Do you think the New York City Police are adequately trained on the use of guns?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Yes                     40%     62%     33%     48%     52%     23%     36%
No                      51      31      58      43      35      72      56
DK/NA                    9       7       9       9      13       5       8
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Yes                     35%     39%     38%     40%     67%     46%     36%
No                      58      52      48      52      27      46      54
DK/NA                    7       9      14       9       6       9      10
 
 
19. In general, how serious a problem do you think crime is in New York City? A very serious problem, somewhat serious, not very serious, or not a problem at
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Very serious            29%     26%     31%     23%     16%     45%     39%
Smwht serious           53      54      52      56      62      46      46
Not very serious        15      17      14      18      19       6      13
Not a problem at all     2       2       1       2       1       1       2
DK/NA                    1       1       1       1       1       1       -
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Very serious            41%     31%     23%     25%     26%     24%     33%
Smwht serious           49      53      52      58      57      52      54
Not very serious         8      14      21      14      13      21      10
Not a problem at all     -       2       3       1       2       2       1
DK/NA                    1       1       1       1       1       1       1
 
TREND: In general, how serious a problem do you think crime is in New York City? A very serious problem, somewhat serious, not very serious, or not a problem at all?
                        May 8   Jan 16  Jul 3   Feb 7   Feb 1   Apr 8
                        2008    2007    2003    2002    2001    1999
 
Very serious            29      31      40      33      36      35
Smwht serious           53      53      45      51      52      51
Not very serious        15      14      12      13      11      11
Not a problem at all     2       1       2       2       1       2
DK/NA                    1       2       2       1       1       1
 
 
20. In general, do you think New York City is about as safe as other big cities, less safe, or more safe?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
About as safe           42%     40%     43%     41%     40%     49%     37%
Less safe               13      13      13      11       5      23      20
More safe               43      44      42      46      53      25      41
DK/NA                    2       2       2       1       2       4       2
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
About as safe           47%     44%     36%     43%     44%     35%     48%
Less safe               22      15       6      11       9      11      14
More safe               30      38      55      43      47      52      36
DK/NA                    1       3       3       3       -       2       3
 
TREND: In general, do you think New York City is about as safe as other big cities, less safe, or more safe? (* = All Adults)
                                                                Mar     Mar
                        May 8   Jan 16  Jul 20  Sep 10  Apr 10  22-23   18-19
                        2008    2007    2005    2003    2003*   2003*   2003*
 
As Safe                 42      42      44      53      37      39      38
Less Safe               13      13      16      16      28      25      34
More Safe               43      41      36      28      32      33      24
DK/NA                    2       3       4       3       3       3       5
 
 
21. Is being the victim of a crime something you personally worry about or not?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Yes                     44%     42%     47%     36%     36%     52%     52%
No                      54      57      52      61      63      47      46
DK/NA                    1       1       1       3       1       1       2
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Yes                     51%     46%     43%     41%     35%     38%     49%
No                      49      51      56      58      65      60      50
DK/NA                    -       2       1       1       -       2       1
 
TREND: Is being the victim of a crime something you personally worry about or not?
                        May 8   Jan 16  Apr 13  Jun 23  Jul 3   Feb 7   May 3
                        2008    2007    2006    2005    2003    2002    2001
 
Yes                     44      49      44      46      56      46      47
No                      54      50      54      53      42      54      53
DK/NA                    1       1       1       1       1       -       -
 
 
22. How have the policies of the Bloomberg administration affected the amount of crime in New York City? Have they caused crime to increase, decrease or haven't the policies of the Bloomberg administration made much difference in the amount of crime?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Increase                 8%     13%      8%      8%      5%     10%     14%
Decrease                42      37      43      45      40      41      43
No difference           44      47      43      44      49      44      39
DK/NA                    5       3       6       4       6       5       4
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Increase                11%     10%      5%      7%     10%      8%      9%
Decrease                50      36      44      42      44      45      40
No difference           34      49      45      45      41      44      45
DK/NA                    5       6       5       5       5       4       6
 
TREND: How have the policies of the Bloomberg administration affected the amount of crime in New York City? Have they caused crime to increase, decrease or haven't the policies of the Bloomberg administration made much difference in the amount of crime?
                        May 8   Jan 16
                        2008    2007
 
Increase                 8       9
Decrease                42      35
No difference           44      49
DK/NA                    5       6
 
 
23. Do you think the police in New York City are generally tougher on whites than on blacks, or tougher on blacks than on whites, or do the police treat them both the same?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Tougher on whites        1%      2%      1%      1%      1%      0%      1%
Tougher on blacks       61      31      71      51      50      86      60
Treat them the same     30      60      23      35      39       8      33
DK/NA                    8       7       6      13       9       6       7
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Tougher on whites        -       1%      1%      1%      2%      1%      1%
Tougher on blacks       61      64      68      57      30      61      61
Treat them the same     31      27      22      34      59      32      29
DK/NA                    7       7       9       8      10       7       9
 
TREND: Do you think the police in New York City are generally tougher on whites than on blacks, or tougher on blacks than on whites, or do the police treat them both the same?
                        May 8   Jan 16  Jun 23  Jul 3   Feb 7   May 3   Feb 1
                        2008    2007    2005    2003    2002    2001    2001
 
Tougher on whites        1       2       1       -       -       -       1
Tougher of blacks       61      59      56      58      54      65      60
Treat them the same     30      30      34      33      36      26      29
DK/NA                    8      10      10       9       9       9      10
 
 
24. Do you think the police in your community are generally tougher on whites than on blacks, or tougher on blacks than on whites, or do the police treat them both the same?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Tougher on whites        1%      1%      -       1%      1%      -       -
Tougher on blacks       44      23      51      36      31      67      43
Treat them the same     44      70      38      50      54      24      46
DK/NA                   12       6      11      13      14       9      10
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Tougher on whites        1%      -       -       1%      3%      1%      1%
Tougher on blacks       47      48      47      37      25      44      43
Treat them the same     41      42      39      50      64      45      44
DK/NA                   12      10      14      13       8      10      12
 
TREND: Do you think the police in your community are generally tougher on whites than on blacks, or tougher on blacks than on whites, or do the police treat them both the same?
                        May 8   Jan 16  Jun 23  Jul 3   Feb 7   May 3   Feb 1
                        2008    2007    2005    2003    2002    2001    2001
 
Tougher on whites        1       3       1       1       1       1       -
Tougher of blacks       44      43      40      42      38      44      41
Treat them the same     44      43      46      48      50      40      44
DK/NA                   12      11      13      10      11      16      15
 
 
25. How serious a problem do you think police brutality is in New York City? A very serious problem, somewhat serious, not very serious, or not a problem at all?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Very serious            32%     17%     37%     25%     13%     59%     37%
Smwht serious           35      22      39      34      40      30      39
Not very serious        23      38      18      29      33       8      16
Not a problem at all     8      21       5       9      11       1       6
DK/NA                    2       2       2       3       3       1       2
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Very serious            47%     34%     28%     28%     15%     28%     35%
Smwht serious           32      35      37      39      28      33      37
Not very serious        16      22      25      23      38      27      20
Not a problem at all     4       7       7       9      17      11       5
DK/NA                    1       2       3       2       2       1       3
 
TREND: How serious a problem do you think police brutality is in New York City? A very serious problem, somewhat serious, not very serious, or not a problem at all?
                        May 8   Jan 16  Jun 23  Jul 3   Feb 7   May 3   Feb 1
                        2008    2007    2005    2003    2002    2001    2001
 
Very serious            32      32      21      32      27      41      39
Smwht serious           35      36      40      38      41      37      40
Not very serious        23      21      26      19      20      14      14
Not a problem at all     8       7       9       7       9       5       5
DK/NA                    2       3       3       4       4       2       2
 
 
26. Is being the victim of police brutality something you personally worry about or not?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Yes                     26%     19%     28%     20%      8%     45%     36%
No                      74      80      71      80      91      54      64
DK/NA                    1       1       -       1       1       1       -
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Yes                     31%     28%     21%     27%     14%     30%     23%
No                      69      71      79      72      85      70      77
DK/NA                    -       -       1       1       1       -       1
 
TREND: Is being the victim of police brutality something you personally worry about or not?
                        May 8   Jan 16  Jun 23  Jul 3   Feb 7   May 3   Feb 1
                        2008    2007    2005    2003    2002    2001    2001
 
Yes                     26      27      23      28      24      28      29
No                      74      73      76      71      75      71      70
DK/NA                    1       -       1       1       1       -       1
 
 
27. How have the policies of the Bloomberg administration affected the amount of police brutality in New York City? Have they caused police brutality to increase, decrease or haven't the policies of the Bloomberg administration made much difference in the amount of police brutality?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Increase                12%     10%     14%      8%      5%     19%     16%
Decrease                19      21      18      22      21      15      16
No difference           62      62      61      63      65      59      64
DK/NA                    7       7       8       6      10       6       4
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Increase                13%     16%      8%     11%      4%     11%     12%
Decrease                19      18      23      14      26      21      17
No difference           60      58      61      68      64      61      63
DK/NA                    7       9       8       6       6       7       8
 
TREND: How have the policies of the Bloomberg administration affected the amount of police brutality in New York City? Have they caused police brutality to increase, decrease or haven't the policies of the Bloomberg administration made much difference in the amount of police brutality?
                        May 8   Jan 16
                        2008    2007
 
Increase                12      12
Decrease                19      16
No difference           62      63
DK/NA                    7      10
 
 
28. How closely have you been following the case of Sean Bell, the young black man who was shot and killed by police officers after leaving a night club in November 2006? Would you say you have been following it very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Very closely            36%     36%     37%     33%     28%     52%     39%
Smwht closely           48      45      49      52      53      40      45
Not too closely         12      16      12      12      15       6      13
Not at all               3       4       3       3       3       2       3
DK/NA                    1       -       -       -       1       1       1
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Very closely            41%     38%     31%     37%     29%     36%     36%
Smwht closely           45      46      51      48      56      49      47
Not too closely         11      12      14      13      12      12      12
Not at all               3       4       3       3       1       3       4
DK/NA                    1       1       -       -       2       1       1
 
TREND: How closely have you been following the case of Sean Bell, the young black man who was shot and killed by police officers after leaving a night club in November 2006?* Would you say you have been following it very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all? * ...last November?
                        May 8   Mar 15  Jan 16
                        2008    2007*   2007*
 
Very closely            36      33      31
Smwht closely           48      44      44
Not too closely         12      18      19
Not at all               3       4       6
DK/NA                    1       1       -
 
 
29. Do you approve or disapprove of Mayor Bloomberg's public response to this incident?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Approve                 48%     50%     47%     53%     56%     40%     39%
Disapprove              33      33      35      29      23      46      42
DK/NA                   19      17      18      17      21      14      19
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Approve                 41%     47%     54%     46%     55%     52%     45%
Disapprove              40      35      26      35      30      33      33
DK/NA                   19      18      20      19      15      15      22
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of Mayor Bloomberg's public response to this incident?
                        May 8   Mar 15  Jan 16
                        2008    2007    2007
 
Approve                 48      50      54
Disapprove              33      32      31
DK/NA                   19      18      16
 
 
30. From what you know about the police shooting of Sean Bell, which statement comes closer to your opinion? It was a tragic thing, and there is absolutely no excuse for how the police acted, or It was a tragic thing, but it is understandable that the police could have acted this way?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Tragic/no excuse        54%     23%     63%     43%     33%     81%     66%
Tragic/understandable   39      69      30      48      57      15      28
DK/NA                    7       7       7       8      11       4       6
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Tragic/no excuse        70%     54%     53%     51%     23%     50%     57%
Tragic/understandable   26      39      36      43      65      43      35
DK/NA                    4       7      11       6      12       7       8
 
TREND: From what you know about the police shooting of Sean Bell, which statement comes closer to your opinion? It was a tragic thing, and there is absolutely no excuse for how the police acted. Or It was a tragic thing, but it is understandable that the police could have acted this way.
                        May 8   Mar 15  Jan 16
                        2008    2007    2007
 
Tragic/no excuse        54      57      58
Tragic/understandable   39      32      30
DK/NA                    7      11      12
 
 
31. As you may know, the police officers involved in the Bell case were acquitted of all criminal charges. Do you agree or disagree with this verdict?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Agree                   30%     55%     24%     38%     48%      8%     21%
Disagree                57      29      65      50      34      89      71
DK/NA                   12      16      11      12      17       4       8
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Agree                   21%     28%     29%     34%     59%     34%     28%
Disagree                71      60      57      55      27      54      60
DK/NA                    8      13      15      12      14      12      12
 
 
32. Do you think cases like the Bell case should be handled by regular district attorneys' offices or should there be a special prosecutor for cases like this involving police?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Regular DA              28%     45%     23%     34%     42%     13%     18%
Special prosecutor      64      48      70      59      48      83      78
DK/NA                    8       8       7       7      11       4       4
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Regular DA              20%     26%     31%     28%     45%     32%     25%
Special prosecutor      73      66      58      65      49      61      67
DK/NA                    7       8      11       7       6       8       8
 
 
33. Do you think the Queens District attorney's office did all it could to win the case?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Yes                     43%     58%     38%     53%     55%     25%     38%
No                      36      27      41      28      20      62      44
DK/NA                   21      15      21      19      25      13      18
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Yes                     38%     39%     41%     46%     70%     47%     40%
No                      44      39      36      35      14      35      38
DK/NA                   18      22      23      20      16      18      22
 
 
34. Do you think the police officers involved in the Bell case should or should not be disciplined by the police department?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Should                  72%     48%     77%     72%     58%     91%     80%
Should NOT              18      36      14      18      27       6      15
DK/NA                   10      16       9      11      15       3       5
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Should                  81%     72%     74%     71%     49%     69%     75%
Should NOT              13      18      15      18      36      20      16
DK/NA                    6      10      11      11      15      11       9
 
 
35. Do you think critics of the Bell verdict should or should not conduct public protests?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp
 
Should                  68%     44%     73%     65%     55%     85%     73%
Should NOT              26      50      20      30      35      13      23
DK/NA                    7       6       7       5       9       3       5
 
                        Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns     StIsl   Men     Wom
 
Should                  71%     70%     71%     64%     49%     68%     67%
Should NOT              24      24      19      32      42      26      26
DK/NA                    5       7      10       4       8       6       7