May 3, 2001 - Police Practice Racial Profiling, New Yorkers Tell Quinnipiac University Poll 3-1; But Voters Feel Safe And Approve Of Police
By a 65 - 23 percent margin, New York City voters say police engage in racial profiling, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. White voters say 53 - 32 percent that police practice racial profiling, while black voters agree 87 - 8 percent and Hispanic voters agree 78 - 17 percent.

New Yorkers approve 63 - 30 percent of the way Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is handling crime. Voters also approve 54 - 34 of the job police are doing citywide and 68 - 23 percent of the job police in their community are doing.

Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik gets a 46 - 21 percent approval rating.

In most cases, however, there is a wide disparity between white and black voters. For example, white voters approve of the job police are doing citywide 72 - 20 percent, while black voters disapprove 57 - 29 percent.

"More than half of all New Yorkers feel the police are doing a good job. And two-thirds of all New Yorkers, including 49 percent of black voters, say the cops they know - the cops in their community -- are doing a good job," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Black, white and Hispanic, New Yorkers feel safe in their neighborhoods day or night. But by a substantial majority, voters feel that police practice racial profiling.

"Almost half of black voters feel they've been stopped by police because of their race," Carroll added.

A total of 94 percent of New Yorkers feel "very safe" or "somewhat safe" in their neighborhood during the day and 80 percent feel "very safe" or "somewhat safe" in their neighborhood at night.

But 41 percent of New York voters say police brutality is a "very serious problem," while 37 percent say it is "somewhat serious;" 14 percent say it is "not very serious," and 5 percent say it is "not a problem at all."

And 48 percent of black voters say they personally worry about being a victim of police brutality.

From April 23 - 30, Quinnipiac University surveyed 917 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percent.

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

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu or call (203) 582-5201
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor Giuliani is handling crime?
                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Approve 63% 93% 53% 72% 77% 36% 63% 72% 56%

Disapprove 30 7 37 22 18 53 29 22 36

DK/NA 7 - 9 6 5 11 8 6 8

18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bernard Kerik is handling his job as Police Commissioner?

                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Approve 46% 68% 42% 45% 54% 32% 44% 53% 41%

Disapprove 21 6 27 17 12 36 25 19 23

DK/NA 33 26 31 38 35 32 31 28 36

19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are doing their job?

                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Approve 54% 84% 45% 62% 72% 29% 43% 62% 49%

Disapprove 34 12 42 29 20 57 45 31 37

DK/NA 11 4 13 8 9 14 12 7 14

20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the police in your community are doing their job?

                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Approve 68% 86% 62% 75% 81% 49% 61% 72% 65%

Disapprove 23 11 28 18 12 41 30 22 25

DK/NA 8 3 10 7 7 10 9 6 10

21. Is being the victim of a crime something you personally worry about or not?

                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Yes 47% 40% 52% 44% 40% 54% 57% 39% 53%

No 53 60 48 56 60 46 43 61 47

DK/NA - - - - - - - - -

22. How safe do you feel walking around your neighborhood in the daytime? Very safe, somewhat safe, somewhat unsafe, or very unsafe?

                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Very safe 69% 81% 64% 74% 82% 52% 60% 75% 65% Smwht safe 25 17 28 21 17 37 29 21 28

Smwht unsafe 4 2 5 2 - 7 8 3 4 Very unsafe 2 - 2 2 1 3 3 1 2

DK/NA - - 1 - - 1 - - -

23. How safe do you feel walking around your neighborhood in the evening? Very safe, somewhat safe, somewhat unsafe, or very unsafe?

                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Very safe 38% 49% 34% 42% 45% 28% 34% 49% 30% Smwht safe 42 38 43 40 41 46 37 40 43

Smwht unsafe 12 8 14 8 7 17 15 8 15 Very unsafe 6 5 6 7 4 7 12 3 8

DK/NA 2 - 2 2 2 1 1 - 3

24. 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  Men   Wom


Tougher on whites - - - - - - - - -

Tougher on blacks 65 35 76 59 56 85 70 63 67

Treat them same 26 57 17 31 34 10 21 29 23

DK/NA 9 8 7 10 10 6 9 8 9

25. 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  Men   Wom


Tougher on whites 1% 2% - 1% 1% - 2% - 1%

Tougher on blacks 44 21 51 41 30 69 51 43 45

Treat them same 40 68 32 45 52 19 33 45 37

DK/NA 16 9 17 14 17 12 14 12 18

26. 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  Men   Wom


Very serious prob 41% 9% 50% 37% 23% 71% 51% 36% 46% Smwht serious 37 46 37 35 47 22 33 35 39

Not very serious 14 29 9 19 21 4 11 20 10 Not problem at all 5 13 3 4 6 1 5 8 3

DK/NA 2 2 1 4 2 1 1 2 2

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


Yes 28% 13% 32% 27% 12% 48% 40% 31% 26% No 71 87 67 72 88 51 60 69 73 DK/NA - - - 1 - 1 - - 1

28. Do you think the police in New York City engage in racial profiling - that is using race to determine who to stop and question, or not?

                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Yes 65% 38% 76% 57% 53% 87% 78% 63% 67% No 23 48 14 30 32 8 17 26 21 DK/NA 12 14 10 13 16 5 4 11 12

29. (If "Yes" Q28) Do you think that racial profiling by police in New York City is widespread or not?

                    Responded "Yes" Q28..............
                    Tot   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Yes 70% 61% 79% 75% 68% 71% No 23 29 16 19 26 20 DK/NA 8 10 5 7 6 9

30. During the last 12 months, do you think that racial profiling by the New York City Police has increased, decreased, or stayed about the same?

                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Increased 14% 6% 16% 14% 6% 26% 24% 10% 17% Decreased 17 19 17 15 18 15 17 20 15 Stayed the same 56 57 58 53 58 51 54 55 57 DK/NA 13 18 9 18 18 7 6 16 11

31. Have you ever felt that you were stopped by police in New York City just because of your race or ethnic background?

                    Tot   Rep   Dem   Ind   Wht   Blk   Hisp  Men   Wom


Yes 21% 10% 26% 16% 4% 47% 31% 26% 17% No 77 89 72 82 95 50 68 72 81 DK/NA 2 1 2 2 1 3 1 1 2