Half of New York City voters disapprove of the controversial police practice known as “stop-and-frisk,” according to a new poll released Thursday.
The latest poll from Quinnipiac University shows that 50 percent of registered voters in New York City disapprove of the practice, which allows personnel from the New York Police Department to stop, question and potentially search a person suspected of wrongdoing. Forty-five percent approve of stop-and-frisk. The practice has drawn nationwide attention after it was reported that there were nearly 700,000 stops by the NYPD last year, the vast majority of which involved individuals who were innocent.
Thursday’s poll also shows that 50 percent of of New York City voters disagree with the notion that a reduction in the practice would lead to an increase in crime, while 41 percent believe it would cause crime to go up.