82% of NYC Voters Support Increased Use of Surveillance Cameras

Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
By Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. | May 23, 2013 | 10:09 AM EDT

An overwhelming majority of New Yorker City voters support the increased use of surveillance cameras in public spaces, according to a new poll by Quinnipiac University.

Overall, NYC voters support the use of surveillance cameras by an 82 to 14 percent margin.

Support for increased camera surveillance is broad-based:

  • Whites: 80 to 16 percent
  • Blacks: 86 to 12 percent
  • Hispanics: 88 to 12 percent
  • Republicans: 86 to 13 percent
  • Democrats: 85 to 12 percent
  • Independents: 78 to 18 percent

The poll also found that 70 percent of New Yorkers believe the government should not violate basic civil liberties to prevent terrorism, while 24 percent say the government should do whatever it takes.

Voters are divided on the issue of stop-and-frisk, with 46 percent approving, and 49 percent disapproving.

"Smile, you're on a New York City surveillance camera, and voters would like to see more of them," Maurice Carroll, director of Quinnipiac University Polling Institute says of the results.

The poll was conducted between May 14 and May 20 and surveyed 1,082 New York City voters.

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