Poll: NYC racially divided over stop and frisk

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Associated Press

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 4:31 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 16 at 4:31 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — A new poll finds that New York City is divided along racial lines over the Police Department's "stop-and-frisk" strategy

The Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-uh-pee-ak) University poll released Thursday finds that 57 percent of white city voters approve of the New York Police Department's practice of stopping and frisking individuals.

Meanwhile, just 25 percent of black voters surveyed say they approve of the practice. Of those surveyed, 53 percent of Hispanics approve of the practice.

The NYPD stopped close to 700,000 people on the street last year. Nearly 87 percent were black or Hispanic, and about half were frisked. About 10 percent were arrested.

The random survey of 1,298 city voters was conducted by telephone from Aug. 8 to Aug 12. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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