June 23, 2005 - New Yorkers Approve Of NYPD 3 - 1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Kelly Approval High And Most Say He Should Stay
New York City voters approve 69 - 23 percent of the job the New York Police Department is doing, and approve 73 - 23 percent of the police in their own community, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

White voters approve 81 - 12 percent of the police citywide, while black voters approve 53 - 38 percent and Hispanic voters approve 65 - 29 percent.

This is the highest overall police approval since a 76 - 18 percent approval in a February 7, 2002 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly gets a 65 - 17 percent approval rating, with consistent scores among black, white and Hispanic voters.

The next Mayor should keep Kelly as police commissioner, New York City voters say 58 - 21 percent. But 75 percent of voters say a candidate's announcement that he or she won't reappoint Kelly will not influence their vote for Mayor.

"Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is the star of the Bloomberg team and most New Yorkers would like him to stay on the job, even if a Democrat wins," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"But New Yorkers are practical about politics. If a Democrat decided to pick his own commissioner, most voters wouldn't hold it against him or her."

New York City voters support 63 - 30 percent a plan to install 400 surveillance cameras around the city. Support for cameras is strongest among Hispanic voters, 72 percent, followed by black voters at 66 percent and white voters at 58 percent.

"'Keep an eye on the bad guys,' New Yorkers, especially Hispanic New Yorkers, say. They like the surveillance camera plan," Carroll said.

In other attitudes about police, New Yorkers say:
  • 56 - 34 percent that police are tougher on blacks;
  • 53 - 46 percent that they are not personally worried about being the victim of a crime.
A total of 81 percent of New Yorkers say the city is a "very safe" or "somewhat safe" place to live and 85 percent say their neighborhood is "very safe" or "somewhat safe."

Police brutality is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem, 61 percent of New York City voters say. Among black voters, 84 percent say police brutality is a serious problem. But 76 percent of all voters, including 62 percent of black voters and 63 percent of Hispanic voters, say they are not personally worried about being the victim of police brutality.

"The police get high marks overall. But brutality is still seen as a problem, particularly in the black community," Carroll said.

From June 12 - 19, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,780 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.3 percentage points. The survey includes 1,140 Democrats, with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.

The survey includes an oversample of 672 Hispanics, with a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percentage points. This includes 432 Hispanic Democrats with a margin of error of +/- 4.7 percentage points. In the overall sample, Hispanics were weighted to reflect their representation in the population.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida and nationwide as a public service and for research. For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu 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 65% 77% 62% 68% 68% 63% 62% Disapprove 17 11 17 18 10 24 20 DK/NA 19 12 21 15 21 13 17

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Approve 63% 65% 61% 66% 76% 69% 61% Disapprove 19 18 14 18 13 16 17 DK/NA 18 18 25 16 11 15 21



TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Ray Kelly is handling his job as Police Commissioner?

                                                        Highest Lowest
                                                        Approve Approve
                        Jun 23  Jan 19  Nov 10  Aug 26  Nov 25  Jul 20
                        2005    2005    2004    2004    2003    2004


Approve 65 65 62 63 69 61 Disapprove 17 13 17 17 15 21 DK/NA 19 22 21 20 16 18



10. How would you rate the quality of life in New York City? Very good, good, fair, poor, or very poor?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Very good 14% 23% 12% 12% 21% 8% 10% Good 43 43 43 44 51 36 31 Fair 30 27 30 29 23 35 36 Poor 8 4 10 9 3 14 16 Very poor 4 2 4 5 1 7 7 DK/NA 1 - 1 1 1 1 1

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Very good 6% 13% 19% 13% 20% 16% 12% Good 39 38 49 43 53 47 40 Fair 34 33 21 34 19 28 31 Poor 14 10 6 6 5 6 11 Very poor 6 5 3 4 2 3 5 DK/NA - - 2 1 2 1 1



11. How would you rate the quality of life in your neighborhood? Very good, good, fair, poor, or very poor?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Very good 27% 43% 25% 24% 42% 13% 14% Good 37 33 35 40 42 26 35 Fair 23 18 25 23 13 37 26 Poor 8 5 9 8 2 13 18 Very poor 5 2 6 4 1 10 7 DK/NA 1 - 1 - - 1 -

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Very good 14% 23% 35% 27% 43% 31% 24% Good 33 35 34 43 38 39 35 Fair 28 24 22 22 12 20 25 Poor 16 11 6 5 3 6 10 Very poor 9 6 2 3 3 3 6 DK/NA - 1 1 - - - 1



18. Do you think Ray Kelly should or should not be reappointed police commissioner by the next Mayor?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Should 58% 70% 56% 59% 61% 60% 53% Should not 21 16 22 21 15 25 30 DK/NA 21 15 22 20 24 15 17

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Should 56% 56% 57% 60% 74% 64% 54% Should not 23 25 16 22 15 18 23 DK/NA 22 19 27 18 11 18 23



19. If a candidate for mayor says he or she won't reappoint Ray Kelly as Police Commissioner, does that make you more likely to vote for that candidate in the general election, less likely to vote for that candidate, or doesn't it make a difference?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


More likely 7% 6% 7% 8% 5% 8% 8% Less likely 13 17 11 14 13 12 11 Doesn't make diff 75 73 76 72 75 77 75 DK/NA 6 5 6 5 7 3 6

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

More likely 5% 10% 6% 7% 5% 7% 7% Less likely 13 13 10 11 22 15 11 Doesn't make diff 75 72 79 76 67 73 76 DK/NA 7 4 5 6 6 5 6



20. 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 69% 84% 65% 71% 81% 53% 65% Disapprove 23 12 26 23 12 38 29 DK/NA 7 4 9 6 7 9 6

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Approve 66% 65% 71% 72% 78% 72% 67% Disapprove 27 27 19 22 18 21 25 DK/NA 7 8 10 6 3 6 8



21. 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 73% 84% 71% 73% 85% 59% 68% Disapprove 23 14 25 23 12 38 29 DK/NA 4 2 4 5 3 3 3

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Approve 67% 67% 78% 79% 79% 78% 69% Disapprove 26 30 18 18 20 20 26 DK/NA 7 3 4 3 2 3 5



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

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Yes 46% 43% 48% 44% 40% 48% 55% No 53 56 51 55 59 50 44 DK/NA 1 1 1 1 1 2 1

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Yes 59% 49% 38% 45% 40% 40% 51% No 40 50 62 54 59 58 48 DK/NA 1 1 1 1 1 2 1



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

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Very safe 17% 22% 15% 17% 23% 9% 15% Smwht safe 64 64 65 63 65 69 59 Smwht unsafe 13 10 14 13 10 14 18 Very unsafe 4 2 5 4 1 6 6 DK/NA 2 1 2 3 1 1 2

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Very safe 10% 15% 25% 15% 20% 20% 15% Smwht safe 64 62 63 67 60 65 63 Smwht unsafe 18 17 7 13 13 10 16 Very unsafe 7 5 3 2 5 3 5 DK/NA 2 1 2 3 2 2 2



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

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Very safe 35% 48% 31% 36% 49% 16% 26% Smwht safe 50 43 50 52 46 60 47 Smwht unsafe 10 7 12 7 5 14 16 Very unsafe 5 2 5 5 - 9 10 DK/NA 1 - 1 - - 1 1

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Very safe 21% 28% 44% 36% 62% 40% 31% Smwht safe 50 54 45 54 30 49 50 Smwht unsafe 19 11 7 7 8 8 12 Very unsafe 9 7 3 2 - 3 6 DK/NA 1 1 - 1 - - 1



25. Last month, the New York City Police Department announced that it would like to install as many as 400 surveillance cameras across the city. Do you think this a good idea or a bad idea?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Good idea 63% 78% 60% 60% 58% 66% 72% Bad idea 30 17 33 31 33 27 23 DK/NA 7 5 7 8 8 7 5

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Good idea 71% 63% 52% 65% 73% 59% 66% Bad idea 24 30 37 29 22 34 27 DK/NA 5 7 11 6 5 7 8



26. 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 42% 58% 38% 44% 50% 26% 42% Enemies 7 1 8 7 5 13 6 Neither 48 38 50 46 42 57 49 DK/NA 3 3 3 3 3 4 3

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Friends 43% 41% 39% 42% 50% 41% 43% Enemies 10 10 5 5 2 8 6 Neither 42 46 52 51 46 48 47 DK/NA 5 3 4 2 2 3 3



27. 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% - - Tougher on blacks 56 25 66 50 44 80 56 Treat them the same 34 63 25 37 46 12 34 DK/NA 10 10 8 12 9 8 10

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Tougher on whites 1% 1% - 1% - - 1% Tougher on blacks 57 58 66 46 44 53 58 Treat them the same 32 32 24 43 48 38 30 DK/NA 10 10 10 10 8 8 11



28. 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% 2% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% Tougher on blacks 40 20 49 32 27 62 46 Treat them the same 46 70 38 50 58 28 42 DK/NA 13 8 13 17 14 10 11

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Tougher on whites 1% 1% - - 3% 1% 1% Tougher on blacks 43 42 47 32 26 37 42 Treat them the same 44 43 40 54 62 51 43 DK/NA 12 14 13 14 9 12 15



29. 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 21% 7% 25% 19% 9% 40% 26% Smwht serious 40 27 46 37 41 44 41 Not very serious 26 40 22 28 35 11 22 Not a problem 9 23 4 12 12 4 8 DK/NA 3 3 3 4 4 2 3

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Very serious 24% 28% 18% 17% 11% 17% 24% Smwht serious 43 41 43 38 30 37 43 Not very serious 21 21 28 31 33 30 22 Not a problem 9 7 8 9 23 13 6 DK/NA 3 3 3 4 3 3 4



30. Is being the victim of police brutality something you personally worry about or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Yes 23% 10% 25% 24% 7% 37% 36% No 76 89 74 75 92 62 63 DK/NA 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Yes 29% 26% 17% 24% 12% 24% 22% No 70 73 82 76 85 75 77 DK/NA 1 1 1 1 2 1 1