May 13, 2015 - New Yorkers Back 'Broken Windows' Policing, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Bratton, Cops Outscore Mayor de Blasio Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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By 57 - 38 percent, including 50 - 46 percent among black voters, New York City voters support so-called "Broken Windows" policing, "having police issue summonses or make arrests for so-called quality of life offenses," according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

By 62 - 34 percent, including 61 - 33 percent among black voters, New Yorkers want police "to actively issue summonses or make arrests for so-called quality of life offenses" in their neighborhood, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. White voters want enforcement in their neighborhood 59 - 37 percent and Hispanic voters want this enforcement 68 - 28 percent.

Support for fixing broken windows in their neighborhood ranges from 58 - 39 percent in Manhattan to 74 - 23 percent in Staten Island.

Support is strong in every party, gender, racial and age group except voters 18 to 34 years old, where support is 45 percent, with 54 percent opposed.

More voters, 51 percent, say broken windows enforcement improves the quality of life in a neighborhood, while 37 percent say it adds to tension. Among black voters, 45 percent point to improved quality of life, while 42 percent point to increased tension.

New York City voters approve 55 - 28 percent of the job Police Commissioner William Bratton is doing, and approve 56 - 36 percent of the job police are doing. Black voters approve 51 - 37 percent of Bratton, but give police in general a negative 39 - 50 percent approval.

"Despite all the hoo-hah in the media about Police Commissioner William Bratton's 'broken windows' theory of policing, black, white and Hispanic voters approve of Bratton and want their windows fixed," said Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll.

"In fact, approval ratings for Bratton and the cops on the street are higher than they are for Mayor Bill de Blasio and any of our elected city-wide leaders."

New York City voters disapprove 56 - 35 percent of the way the mayor is handling the police and disapprove 57 - 35 percent of the way he is handling relations between the police and the community. Crime is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem in the city, 87 percent of voters say. This includes 82 percent of white voters, 90 percent of black voters and 93 percent of Hispanic voters.

Police should immediately arrest demonstrators who block traffic, 20 percent of voters say, while 73 percent say police should give demonstrators some leeway in order to avoid mass arrests.

"In New Yorkers' attitudes toward the police, as in just about every aspect of city government, there's a racial division. White voters think the cops do a good job; black voters don't," Carroll said.

"But, black and white alike, New Yorkers agree crime is a big problem.

"While most voters want quality of life enforced in their neighborhood, they are permissive about demonstrators who tie up traffic. They think the cops should give some leeway rather than make immediate arrests."

From May 6 - 11, Quinnipiac University surveyed 969 New York City voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter @QuinnipiacPoll.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill de Blasio is handling his job as Mayor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              44%    20%    55%    37%    42%    46%    34%    68%    48%
Disapprove           40     71     32     43     40     39     56     19     32
DK/NA                16      9     14     20     17     15     10     13     20
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              48%    45%    51%    37%    30%    55%    38%    45%
Disapprove           33     39     32     46     64     24     47     42
DK/NA                19     16     16     17      6     21     15     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill de Blasio is handling his job as Mayor?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     May 12  Jan 16  Dec 18  Nov 18  Aug 26  Jan 16  May 12
                     2015    2015    2014    2014    2014    2014    2015
 
Approve              44      49      47      49      50      53      44
Disapprove           40      40      38      36      32      13      40
DK/NA                16      11      15      16      18      34      16
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Bratton is handling his job as Police Commissioner?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              55%    70%    56%    50%    57%    54%    65%    51%    51%
Disapprove           28     24     27     30     29     27     23     37     25
DK/NA                17      5     16     20     13     20     12     13     24
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              51%    50%    59%    59%    64%    29%    62%    66%
Disapprove           25     32     22     29     32     49     28     19
DK/NA                25     18     19     12      4     22     10     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bill Bratton is handling his job as Police Commissioner?
                     May 13  Jan 15  Dec 17  Nov 19  Aug 26  Jun 12  Mar 18
                     2015    2015    2014    2014    2014    2014    2014
 
Approve              55      56      44      47      48      57      57
Disapprove           28      31      39      35      35      19      13
DK/NA                17      13      17      18      17      24      29
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way - NAME - is handling his job as Police Commissioner?
                                APPROVE.................
                                Tot    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Bill Bratton    May 13, 2015    55     65     51     51
Bill Bratton    Jan 15, 2015    56     63     53     49
Bill Bratton    Dec 17, 2014    44     56     37     32
Bill Bratton    Nov 19, 2014    47     57     44     39
Bill Bratton    Aug 26, 2014    48     58     41     43
Bill Bratton    Jun 12, 2014    57     61     64     48
Bill Bratton    Mar 18, 2014    57     63     61     48
Ray Kelly       Jun 26, 2013    68     82     55     66
Ray Kelly       May 22, 2013    68     77     51     71
Ray Kelly       Apr 11, 2013    65     80     55     54
Ray Kelly       Feb 28, 2013    66     81     55     52
Ray Kelly       Jan 17, 2013    75     81     63     76
Ray Kelly       Nov 21, 2012    68     79     56     67
Ray Kelly       Aug 16, 2012    64     77     51     64
Ray Kelly       Jun 14, 2012    61     78     44     56
Ray Kelly       May 10, 2012    66     75     53     68
Ray Kelly       Mar 13, 2012    64     75     51     64
Ray Kelly       Feb 09, 2012    62     73     52     57
Ray Kelly       Dec 14, 2011    66     72     55     70
Ray Kelly       Oct 19, 2011    66     78     51     58
Ray Kelly       Jul 27, 2011    67     80     60     66
Ray Kelly       May 12, 2011    71     81     64     61
Ray Kelly       Mar 16, 2011    67     79     57     63
Ray Kelly       Nov 23, 2010    67     79     52     64
Ray Kelly       Jun 30, 2010    66     79     54     58
Ray Kelly       May 24, 2010    70     77     68     62
Ray Kelly       Feb 18, 2010    70     80     58     64
Ray Kelly       Jul 28, 2009    67     80     50     64
Ray Kelly       Jun 17, 2009    63     80     46     57
Ray Kelly       Feb 24, 2009    64     77     51     55
Ray Kelly       Jan 27, 2009    67     80     55     57
Ray Kelly       Nov 25, 2008    62     75     48     55
Ray Kelly       Oct 03, 2008    61     73     47     58
Ray Kelly       Jul 16, 2008    60     76     39     57
Ray Kelly       May 07, 2008    59     76     36     55
Ray Kelly       Mar 13, 2008    62     75     44     58
Ray Kelly       Jan 09, 2008    60     73     45     55
Ray Kelly       Nov 19, 2007    55     70     42     36
Ray Kelly       Aug 29, 2007    62     73     49     61
Ray Kelly       Jul 25, 2007    64     76     49     57
Ray Kelly       May 23, 2007    58     73     43     50
Ray Kelly       Mar 15, 2007    56     71     39     46
Ray Kelly       Jan 16, 2007    52     69     32     41
Ray Kelly       Jul 12, 2006    66     74     56     62
Ray Kelly       Apr 13, 2006    68     76     60     60
Ray Kelly       Mar 09, 2006    70     76     63     62
Ray Kelly       Feb 03, 2006    70     77     64     66
Ray Kelly       Jul 20, 2005    67     71     66     62
Ray Kelly       Jun 23, 2005    65     68     63     62
Ray Kelly       Jan 19, 2005    65     72     56     61
Ray Kelly       Nov 10, 2004    62     66     60     59
Ray Kelly       Aug 26, 2004    63     71     60     54
Ray Kelly       Jul 20, 2004    61     67     58     55
Ray Kelly       Jun 09, 2004    67     74     64     61
Ray Kelly       Mar 31, 2004    67     73     61     64
Ray Kelly       Feb 04, 2004    65     70     56     61
Ray Kelly       Nov 25, 2003    69     76     63     64
Ray Kelly       Jul 03, 2003    63     72     54     60
Ray Kelly       May 07, 2003    68     77     66     61
Ray Kelly       Feb 26, 2003    68     76     60     60
Bernard Kerik   May 03, 2001    46     54     32     44
Bernard Kerik   Feb 01, 2001    45     49     39     43
Howard Safir    Apr 20, 2000    32     47      6     30
Howard Safir    Mar 15, 2000    38     53     12     34
Howard Safir    Jun 17, 1999    37     50     19     27
Howard Safir    Apr 08, 1999    38     53     16     28
Howard Safir    Oct 02, 1997    54     61     45     43
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor de Blasio is handling - relations between the police and the community?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              35%    15%    46%    28%    33%    37%    29%    55%    29%
Disapprove           57     83     46     63     61     53     65     39     56
DK/NA                 8      1      8      9      6     10      5      6     15
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              32%    37%    48%    25%    27%    37%    35%    39%
Disapprove           56     54     44     70     69     59     59     54
DK/NA                12      9      8      6      3      3      6      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor de Blasio is handling relations between the police and the community?
                     May 13  Jan 15  Dec 18  Nov 18  Aug 26
                     2015    2015    2014    2014    2014
 
Approve              35      41      36      47      46
Disapprove           57      52      56      43      44
DK/NA                 8       7       8      10      10
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor de Blasio is handling - the police department?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              35%    16%    46%    29%    38%    33%    29%    56%    32%
Disapprove           56     80     44     62     58     54     64     36     54
DK/NA                 9      4      9      9      4     13      7      8     14
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              32%    38%    45%    27%    28%    33%    33%    39%
Disapprove           53     55     43     67     71     61     60     51
DK/NA                15      7     12      6      1      6      7      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Mayor de Blasio is handling the police department?
                     May 13  Jan 15  Dec 18  Nov 18
                     2015    2015    2014    2014
 
Approve              35      41      34      43
Disapprove           56      52      55      44
DK/NA                 9       7      11      13
 
 
20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are doing their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              56%    87%    52%    55%    61%    52%    74%    39%    44%
Disapprove           36     13     39     34     34     37     20     50     41
DK/NA                 8      1      9     11      5     11      6     10     15
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              41%    51%    56%    66%    75%    33%    57%    66%
Disapprove           48     39     34     29     23     58     36     27
DK/NA                11     10     10      5      2      9      8      6
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are doing their job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     May 13  Jan 15  Dec 17  Nov 19  Aug 27  Feb 07  Apr 20
                     2015    2015    2014    2014    2014    2002    2000
 
Approve              56      56      51      54      50      76      43
Disapprove           36      37      41      39      42      18      48
DK/NA                 8       7       8       7       7       6       9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the New York City police are doing their job?
                APPROVE.................
                Tot    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
May 13, 2015    56     74     39     44
Jan 15, 2015    56     66     41     54
Dec 17, 2014    51     72     33     34
Nov 19, 2014    54     73     35     43
Aug 27, 2014    50     67     32     42
Jun 12, 2014    59     71     54     41
Mar 18, 2014    68     81     56     60
Jan 16, 2014    62     78     45     53
May 23, 2013    61     75     41     61
Apr 11, 2013    60     78     40     51
Feb 28, 2013    61     78     40     53
Jan 17, 2013    70     80     56     67
Nov 21, 2012    62     76     47     50
Aug 16, 2012    57     75     37     55
Jun 14, 2012    59     76     37     51
Mar 13, 2012    63     82     42     55
Feb 09, 2012    62     76     46     56
Dec 14, 2011    62     73     47     60
Oct 17, 2011    61     77     40     59
Feb 18, 2010    69     82     54     67
Jun 17, 2009    64     82     35     62
May 08, 2008    51     71     22     46
Mar 13, 2008    60     78     33     57
Mar 15, 2007    60     80     32     57
Jan 16, 2007    53     70     27     45
Apr 13, 2006    72     82     58     69
Jun 23, 2005    69     81     53     65
Jul 03, 2003    63     76     42     62
Feb 07, 2002    76     91     56     74
May 03, 2001    54     72     29     43
Feb 01, 2001    50     64     31     39
Apr 20, 2000    43     60     17     33
Mar 15, 2000    46     63     21     39
Jun 17, 1999    49     71     20     38
Apr 08, 1999    45     63     23     31
Oct 02, 1997    48     62     22     32
 
 
21. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the police in your community are doing their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              69%    90%    68%    68%    71%    67%    85%    51%    65%
Disapprove           26      9     27     26     25     27     12     42     28
DK/NA                 5      1      5      6      5      6      3      8      7
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Approve              64%    62%    70%    79%    69%    58%    65%    77%
Disapprove           32     30     23     20     27     37     29     19
DK/NA                 4      8      7      2      4      5      6      4
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the police in your community are doing their job? (*Low also 65% Oct 1997)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     May 13  Jan 15  Dec 17  Nov 19  Aug 27  Feb 07  Apr 20
                     2015    2015    2014    2014    2014    2002    2000*
 
Approve              69      71      68      69      67      79      65
Disapprove           26      25      28      27      28      18      28
DK/NA                 5       4       4       4       5       3       6
 
 
22. In general, how serious a problem do you think crime is in New York City; a very serious problem, somewhat serious, not very serious, or not a problem at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Very serious         36%    30%    37%    31%    29%    42%    22%    47%    55%
Smwht serious        51     59     49     55     54     49     60     43     38
Not very serious     11      7     11     13     14      9     13      9      7
Not a problem at all  1      2      1      1      2      1      3      -      -
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      2      1      2      1      -
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Very serious         60%    37%    21%    31%    51%    28%    37%    37%
Smwht serious        32     50     59     56     48     57     48     51
Not very serious      8     12     16     10      1     13     12     10
Not a problem at all  -      -      3      2      -      1      1      2
DK/NA                 -      1      1      1      -      -      2      1
 
TREND: In general, how serious a problem do you think crime is in New York City; a very serious problem, somewhat serious, not very serious, or not a problem at all? (*High also 88% Feb 2001)
                                                             VERY+SMWHT....
                                                             High    Low
                     May 13  Jan 15  Dec 17  Nov 19  Aug 27  Aug 27  May 08
                     2015    2015    2014    2014    2014    2014*   2008
 
Very serious         36      34      33      39      37      37      29
Smwht serious        51      49      50      47      51      51      53
Not very serious     11      14      14      13       9       9      15
Not a problem at all  1       1       2       1       2       2       2
DK/NA                 1       2       1       1       1       1       1
 
 
23. Do you support or oppose having police issue summonses or make arrests for so-called quality of life offenses, low-level offenses such as drinking in public, selling small amounts of marijuana or making loud noise late at night?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              57%    71%    52%    62%    57%    56%    62%    50%    56%
Oppose               38     26     42     33     38     38     33     46     39
DK/NA                 5      3      6      5      5      6      5      3      5
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Support              51%    56%    51%    62%    73%    43%    62%    61%
Oppose               39     38     46     32     26     54     35     32
DK/NA                10      5      3      6      1      3      3      7
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose having police issue summonses or make arrests for so-called quality of life offenses, low-level offenses such as drinking in public, selling small amounts of marijuana or making loud noise late at night?
                     May 13  Aug 27
                     2015    2014
 
Support              57      60
Oppose               38      34
DK/NA                 5       6
 
 
24. Do you want police to actively issue summonses or make arrests for so-called quality of life offenses in your neighborhood or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  62%    76%    59%    63%    61%    62%    59%    61%    68%
No                   34     22     35     34     34     33     37     33     28
DK/NA                 5      2      6      3      4      5      4      5      5
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  62%    58%    58%    66%    74%    45%    65%    66%
No                   30     36     39     30     23     54     31     27
DK/NA                 7      6      3      4      3      -      4      6
 
TREND: Do you want police to actively issue summonses or make arrests for so-called quality of life offenses in your neighborhood or not?
                     May 13  Aug 27
                     2015    2014
 
Yes                  62      61
No                   34      33
DK/NA                 5       6
 
 
25. What comes closer to your point of view: Police issuing summonses or making arrests for low-level offenses improves the quality of life in a neighborhood or Police issuing summonses or making arrests for low-level offenses adds to tension in a neighborhood?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Improves QOL         51%    72%    48%    51%    52%    51%    55%    45%    52%
Adds tension         37     19     42     35     38     36     33     42     36
DK/NA                12      9     11     14     11     13     12     14     12
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Improves QOL         54%    42%    48%    63%    58%    35%    53%    57%
Adds tension         33     44     39     26     37     55     37     28
DK/NA                12     13     13     11      4     10     10     15
 
TREND: What comes closer to your point of view: Police issuing summonses or making arrests for low-level offenses improves the quality of life in a neighborhood, or Police issuing summonses or making arrests for low-level offenses adds to tension in a neighborhood?
                     May 13  Aug 27
                     2015    2014
 
Improves QOL         51      56
Adds tension         37      35
DK/NA                12      10
 
 
26. Do you think police should immediately arrest demonstrators who block traffic, or should police give demonstrators some leeway to avoid mass arrests?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Immediately arrest   20%    42%    16%    20%    23%    18%    29%     6%    21%
Give leeway          73     54     76     74     72     74     67     88     71
DK/NA                 6      4      7      6      5      8      5      6      8
 
                     AREA.............................  AGE IN YRS.......
                     Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl  18-34  35-54  55+
 
Immediately arrest   18%    20%    16%    23%    35%     8%    18%    29%
Give leeway          74     75     78     68     63     87     76     64
DK/NA                 8      5      6      9      3      4      6      7