Poll: Queens voters most supportive of NYPD inspector general

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Out of the five boroughs, Queens voters were the most supportive of an NYPD inspector general, according to a recent poll. File photo
Out of the five boroughs, Queens voters were the most supportive of an NYPD inspector general, according to a recent poll.

BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

The majority of New Yorkers are in favor of the creation of an independent inspector general to monitor the NYPD, a new poll found.

Conducted by Quinnipiac University, the poll found that New York City voters support the idea by a 66 to 25 percent margin.

Queens voters were the most approving of the idea with a margin of 70 to 22 percent. By contrast, Staten Island voters were the most disapproving, with a margin of 46 to 50.

“With support from every sub-group except Staten Island voters, and a substantial racial divide, two-thirds of New York City voters think cops should have an outside monitor,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute

Support from white voters comes in at 53 to 38 percent. Minority voters are heavily in favor of the idea, with Hispanics voting in favor 77 to 13 and black voters in favor 78 to 13 percent 

“Only 8 percent of voters agree with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Commissioner Ray Kelly that having an inspector general will make the city less safe,” Caroll said. “While 43 percent say it will make the city safer and another 43 percent say it won’t make a difference.”

 

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