LOUDONVILLE – A new poll finds that over 60 percent of New Yorkers say recent police killings are “part of a broader patter of excessive police violence toward Black people,” and are not isolated instances.
Released by Siena College on Tuesday, the poll found that 81% of people believe that systemic racism in the country is a very (51%) or somewhat (30%) serious problem, while 18% say it’s not very (10%) or not at all (8%) a serious problem.
Around 80% of those polled say recent new New York laws to improve policing will be good for the state.
However, a majority of New Yorkers oppose reducing police funding and strongly oppose defunding the police, while a plurality supports demilitarizing the police.
Some other findings include:
- More than 80% support: national police misconduct database, federal ban on chokeholds & mental health professionals riding with police on certain calls
- Strong support for recent demonstrations across the nation, 60-36%
- When seeing a police officer, 51% of white New Yorkers feel more secure & 13% less Secure; However, 46% of Black New Yorkers feel less secure & 13% more secure
- Eliminating qualified immunity (63-26% support) has strong support from Democrats and independents and small plurality support from Republicans.
Viewers can read the full report below: