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Stop-and-Frisk Has 66 Percent Approval in Staten Island

By Jill Colvin | June 14, 2012 1:55pm
A new poll shows a large racial split when it comes to approval for stop-and-frisk.
A new poll shows a large racial split when it comes to approval for stop-and-frisk.
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NEW YORK CITY — New Yorkers’ opinions of the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy depends largely on their race.

Black voters are overwhelmingly more critical of the policy, with nearly 70 percent voicing opposition, versus 51 percent of Hispanic voters and just 39 percent of whites, according to a new Quinnipiac poll out Thursday.

The practice was most popular on Staten Island, where 66 percent of those polled approve, and least popular in Manhattan, where 59 percent said it was bad idea. 

Overall, 51 percent of those polled said they oppose the policy, up slightly from the 49 percent who voiced concerns back in March.

"Stop and frisk is a very divisive issue between black and white voters, but a bare majority disapproves," Quinnipiac University Polling Institute director Maurice Carroll said.

The poll also found mixed support for a plan to create a Las Vegas-style casino in the city, with 46 percent endorsing the idea, versus 43 percent opposed. The opposition was strongest in Manhattan, where just 38 percent would bet on the idea.

"New Yorkers are lukewarm, at best, about building a big casino in the city," Carroll said. 

But the majority of those polled support a plan by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in public view — with the strongest support among white voters, this time.

The poll of 1,093 city voters, conducted from June 6-11, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.