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Poll: NYC racially divided over stop and frisk

By AP Staff

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City voters are divided along racial lines over the New York Police Department's "stop-and-frisk" strategy, according to a poll released Thursday.

The Quinnipiac University survey found that 57 percent of white city voters approve of the Police Department's practice of detaining and sometimes searching anyone officers deem suspicious. But only 25 percent of black voters surveyed said they approve of the policy, which affects many more minorities than white residents. Of those surveyed, 53 percent of Hispanics said they approve of the practice.

The NYPD stopped close to 700,000 people on the street last year. Nearly 87 percent were black or Hispanic, and about half were frisked. About 10 percent were arrested.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg argues that the program is an indispensable tool in the fight against illegal guns. But critics argue the practice unfairly targets minorities.

Overall approval for stop and frisk was at 45 percent, while disapproval was at 50 percent. Some 64 percent of voters said they approve of Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly's job performance. His approval among whites was at 77 percent, while among blacks, it was at 51 percent.

The random survey of 1,298 city voters was conducted by telephone from Aug. 8 to Aug. 12. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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  1. KAHR50Comment by KAHR50
    August 16, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    I’ll bet 0% of those stopped and thus subsequently frisked or arrested, of any race or color, were wearing a suit or slacks and a collared shirt.

    Dress like a scumbag, get treated like a scumbag.

    Poor you.

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    • Blu OwenComment by Blu Owen
      August 16, 2012 @ 10:01 am

      The only demographic that this article did not go into is of the 10% that were arrested. If this was known it may point to a better understanding of the poll.

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  2. realitynowComment by realitynow
    September 19, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    You could not pay me enough to live in that land of liberal nuttuness that is NYC.

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