February 7, 2002 - New York City Cops Get 4 - 1 Approval, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Most Black Voters Back Police
New York City voters approve 76 - 18 percent of the way police citywide are doing their job, including a 56 - 33 rating among black voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This is the highest rating since the independent Quinnipiac University began measuring attitudes about police in October, 1997.

White voters approve 91 - 7 percent of police citywide, while Hispanic voters approve 74 - 20 percent.

Looking at police in their community, white voters again approve 91 - 7 percent, while black approval jumps to 63 - 32 percent and Hispanic approval is at 78 - 21 percent.

"Attitudes toward police tend to reflect what New Yorkers see in the headlines. They read headlines about heroism after the September 11 terrorist attacks and headlines about professionalism in handling last week's demonstrations, " said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "So police get high marks."

New York is a safer place to live than it was five years ago, 62 percent of voters say, while 9 percent say it is less safe and 27 percent say it is the same.

While 33 percent say crime is a "very serious problem" and 51 percent say it is "somewhat serious," fewer than half of New Yorkers, 46 percent say they personally worry about becoming a crime victim.

"The statistics have told us for years that the NYPD was winning the war on crime. This latest poll shows police also are winning the war on perception of crime. And more importantly, after some tough years, cops are winning the hearts and minds of the people they serve," Carroll said.

Their own neighborhood is a "very safe" place to live, 45 percent of New Yorkers say, while 43 percent say it is "somewhat safe;" 9 percent say it is "somewhat unsafe," and 2 percent say it is "very unsafe."

Police brutality is a "very serious problem," 27 percent of all voters and 43 percent of black voters say, while 41 percent of all voters and 46 percent of black voters say it is "somewhat serious." A total of 29 percent of all voters and 9 percent of black voters say police brutality is "not a very serious problem" or "not a problem at all."

From January 29 - February 4, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,008 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and nationwide as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu or call (203) 582-5201
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are doing their job?
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     Hisp    Men     Wom


Approve 76% 91% 56% 74% 76% 76% Disapprove 18 7 33 20 19 18 DK/NA 6 2 11 6 5 6

14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the police in your community are doing their job?
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     Hisp    Men     Wom


Approve 79% 91% 63% 78% 79% 79% Disapprove 18 7 32 21 18 17 DK/NA 3 2 5 2 3 4

15. 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?
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     Hisp    Men     Wom


Very serious problem 33% 22% 49% 42% 29% 35% Smwht serious 51 62 39 41 52 50 Not very serious 13 14 11 11 16 12 Not a problem at all 2 2 1 4 3 2 DK/NA 1 1 - 2 1 2

16. Is being the victim of a crime something you personally worry about or not?
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     Hisp    Men     Wom


Yes 46% 36% 55% 55% 39% 51% No 54 64 45 45 60 49 DK/NA - 1 - - - -

17. Do you think New York City is a very safe place to live, somewhat safe, somewhat unsafe, or very unsafe?

                          Tot     Wht     Blk     Hisp    Men     Wom


Very safe 19% 22% 13% 19% 22% 16% Smwht safe 64 66 66 58 64 64 Smwht unsafe 13 9 15 17 10 15 Very unsafe 3 1 4 6 3 3 DK/NA 1 1 2 1 1 2

18. Compared to 5 years ago, do you feel that New York City has become a safer place to live, a less safe place to live, or stayed about the same?

                          Tot     Wht     Blk     Hisp    Men     Wom


Safer 62% 71% 51% 55% 67% 57% Less safe 9 4 12 18 6 12 About the same 27 23 35 25 25 29 DK/NA 2 2 2 2 2 2

19. Do you think your neighborhood is a very safe place to live, somewhat safe, somewhat unsafe, or very unsafe?

                          Tot     Wht     Blk     Hisp    Men     Wom


Very safe 45% 58% 27% 38% 53% 39% Smwht safe 43 37 53 42 39 46 Smwht unsafe 9 4 12 16 6 11 Very unsafe 2 - 6 4 2 3 DK/NA 1 - 2 - - 1

20. Compared to 5 years ago, do you feel that your neighborhood has become a safer place to live, a less safe place to live, or stayed about the same?

                          Tot     Wht     Blk     Hisp    Men     Wom


Safer 33% 34% 28% 36% 40% 28% Less safe 8 5 10 9 5 10 About the same 54 56 56 49 51 57 DK/NA 5 4 6 6 5 6

21. 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     Wht     Blk     Hisp    Men     Wom


Friends 47% 58% 29% 51% 41% 51% Enemies 4 2 9 5 5 4 Neither 46 39 58 42 52 42 DK/NA 2 1 4 2 2 3

22. 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     Wht     Blk     Hisp    Men     Wom


Tougher on whites 0% 1% -% 1% 1% -% Tougher on blacks 54 44 74 49 55 54 Treat them the same 36 46 19 43 36 36 DK/NA 9 9 7 7 8 9

23. 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     Wht     Blk     Hisp    Men    Wom


Tougher on whites 1% 2% -% -% 1% 1% Tougher on blacks 38 28 53 38 40 38 Treat them the same 50 59 36 56 51 49 DK/NA 11 12 11 5 9 12

24. 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     Wht     Blk     Hisp    Men    Wom


Very serious problem 27% 13% 43% 33% 26% 29% Smwht serious 41 42 46 36 38 42 Not very serious 20 28 7 19 21 18 Not a problem at all 9 14 2 9 11 7 DK/NA 4 4 3 4 4 4

25. Is being the victim of police brutality something you personally worry about or not?
                          Tot     Wht     Blk     Hisp    Men    Wom


Yes 24% 8% 36% 41% 25% 23% No 75 92 63 59 73 77 DK/NA 1 - 1 - 1 -