Despite all the controversy surrounding NYPD's use of stop-and-frisk, just under half of New Yorkers think the tactic is “acceptable to make New York City safer,” a new poll from The New York Times finds, but they are matched by another 45 percent who think it's "excessive."
The Times notes that while 55 percent of whites say it is "acceptable," 56 percent of blacks say it is "excessive." Hispanics are more divided: 48 percent saying it is "acceptable" and 44 percent saying it is excessive.
Stop-and-frisk has com under fire for its role in racial profiling: A Times article in June revealed that "last year, city police officers stopped nearly 686,000 people, 84 percent of them black or Latino." A report from July indicated that the majority of stops happen in the poorest neighborhoods of the city with large minority populations.
The new Times poll, which surveyed 1,026 adults, comes in the week following a Quinnipiac University Poll on the subject, which found New Yorkers just as nearly divided. In the Quinnipiac poll 50 percent said they disapprove of stop-and-frisk while 45 percent said they approve of it. The recent Quinnipiac poll isn't that different from what we saw in March with 49 percent disapproving and 46 percent approving of the tactic. That same month, a poll from the City University of New York's Baruch College found far more overwhelming support: 59 percent to 32 percent approval.