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Poll: NYPD Gets High Approval Rating From NYC Voters; 29 Percent Think Muslims Unfairly Targeted

14 March 2012 Huffington Post 21 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

Deepti Hajela, Associated Press

NEW YORK — Most city voters think the New York Police Department has been effective in fighting terrorism, and a majority say the NYPD has acted appropriately in its dealing with Muslims, according to a new poll released Tuesday that questioned respondents following a series of stories from The Associated Press about the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The Quinnipiac University survey found that 82 percent of respondents thought that the NYPD had been effective in its counter-terrorism efforts. Asked whether the NYPD dealt with Muslims fairly or targeted them unfairly, 58 percent thought the NYPD was appropriate, while 29 percent thought police were unfair and 13 percent didn’t know or had no answer.

The 29 percent is a slight jump up from the 24 percent who thought the police were unfairly targeting Muslims in a February poll.

Overall, 63 percent of those surveyed approved of way police are doing their job, although when asked about the controversial policy for stopping, questioning and frisking people, only 46 percent approved while 49 percent disapproved.

“The numbers have been consistently high,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “People think the cops do a good job.”

The stories from the AP reported that police monitored mosques and Muslims around the New York metropolitan area and kept tabs on Muslim student groups at universities in upstate New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The tactics have raised questions over whether the NYPD is ignoring the civil rights of Muslims and illegally engaging in religious and ethnic profiling. The U.S. Justice Department is considering whether to investigate the NYPD’s surveillance efforts.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and police Commissioner Raymond Kelly have maintained that the NYPD’s actions are legal and necessary in a city under constant threat of another terrorist attack.

Respondents’ opinions about the NYPD and their tactics did vary according to factors like racial group or age. While 22 percent of white respondents thought the NYPD had unfairly targeted Muslims, 41 percent of black respondents did. People between the ages of 18-34 were most likely of all age groups to think it was unfair, at 40 percent.

Of those who said they had a favorable impression of Islam, 42 percent thought the police were unfair, while 48 percent thought they were appropriate. Of those who had an unfavorable opinion of the religion, 10 percent thought police targeted Muslims unfairly, while 83 percent thought they acted appropriately.

In terms of the stop-and-frisk policy, 59 percent of white people surveyed approved of it, while only 27 percent of black people did. Blacks and Hispanics make up the vast majority of those stopped.

Quinnipiac polled 964 New York City voters from March 6-11. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.


  1. they should ask Muslims because those are the ones who were targeted approve or not approve they violated Citizens rights!!

  2. You can judge society by how they protect their minorities. That makes for sad commentary on many nations, the US included.

  3. So 58%-72% of the population don’t understand the rights guaranteed in our Constitution OR don’t understand what the NYPD has been doing. I’m guessing none have heard of “innocent until proven guilty”, “guilt by association (being a bad thing)”, or the concept of jurisdiction.

  4. civil rights on the basis of public polls? Not a good idea …

  5. So, when Muslims are rounded up, herded onto buses and shipped to camps, are people THEN going top finally wake up and say, “oh my goodness, what are we doing?”

  6. I can comprehend that there is a 58%, I certainly KNOW whom it is that THEY ARE (negatively) – I see evidence of them every day — the ones I do NOT get are the don’t know/no answer boobi ignorami —am I being overly judgemental about those who just cannot be bothered to be anything but too dumb to even think?

  7. wonder how they feel about the Irish gangs, (NYP ), Russian MAfia ( mOb Wives) or just thhhhhhhhhhhhheir next door neighbors…

  8. since most americans are anti-muslim, i’m not shocked. they used to treat the japanese like this. it seems they never change

  9. It’s interesting to note the racial disparity there. Black respondents are far more likely to side with Muslims than white respondents.

  10. And America carries on its grand tradition of scapegoating minorities at the expense of civil rights. Blacks, Native Americans, Jews, Communists, suspected communists, Chinese, Irish, Mexicans, and the list goes on and on and on.

  11. I am American and I am not anti-muslim. Must be something in the water. Before you make a blanket statement Amel, find out the truth.

  12. Funny don’t remember reading about a bunch of Mexicans trying to blow up buildings in new york but I have read about muslims trying every couple of months. Wonder why they would get targeted just like drug dealers the mafia and other groups of people who break the law.

  13. Every few months? someone is speaking like a idiot. Not all muslims are terrorists. People like you Michael are worse than them.

  14. Barbara, sadly I think it will take concentration camps for many Americans to finally realize the harm they’re doing to a portion of their population.

  15. Hey Nancy, Amel used the word “most,” not “all,” so he wasnt making a blanket statement. Michael Wadley you fool, I hear about Catholic Priests molesting children every few months, how come Catholic Priests aren’t under surveillance?

  16. Rabbis are sucking baby penises, priests are molesting children at alarming rate, so lets get 100% of our time on servailance on muslims.America exporting hate , to bad they don’t export anything lol.

  17. “When they came for the communists, I didn’t speak up for them; I wasn’t a communist. When they came for the trade unionists, I didn’t speak up for them; I wasn’t a trade unionist. When they came for the Jews, I didn’t speak up for them; I wasn’t a Jew. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak up for me.”
    – Martin Niemöller

  18. No laws or rights have been violated. Get back to reality. Over 11,000 terror attacks since 9/11. Reality stings, I know. Peace<4

  19. Michael Widley and i have read about americans raping underage girls, butchering people, bombing their cities and houses and school, shooting school boys etc almost every month

  20. Chris Gennet and americans have killed millions people, raping underage girls, bombing their houses and schools and clinics etc in foreign lands. i know, truth stinks

  21. but according to americans, all those not violating any laws or rights

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