Roughly 23 percent of New York State’s black residents and 24 percent of Hispanic or Latino residents reported a low level of trust in local police, according to the latest Empire State Poll.
By comparison, only 12 percent of whites and 15 percent of Asian residents report low levels of trust.
Poll results show most New Yorkers agree that police officers should wear video cameras while on duty, according to the just-released data from Cornell University’s Survey Research Institute.
The detailed poll reveals that fewer black residents (50 percent) reported having a high level of trust in the police compared with white state residents (68 percent). About 64 percent of all New York state respondents reported having a high level of trust in their local police department.
When asked about an overall impression of police around the country, about 45 percent of black state residents had an unfavorable impression of police, while 75 percent of whites had a favorable view.
Age and income
“I’m a little surprised by the numbers. I was expecting there to be larger differences in attitudes toward the police by the varying demographic characteristics of the respondents,” says Yasamin Miller, director of the Survey Research Institute and the Empire State Poll.
Older state residents were more likely to have a favorable impression of the police. Although a plurality, only 56 percent of New York residents between ages 18 and 24 reported a favorable disposition toward police.
Residents with a household income of more than $100,000 were more likely (78 percent) to report having a favorable impression of the police than residents with a household income of less than $30,000 (63 percent).
Support for cameras
On the question of whether police should wear video cameras, there was no gray area: Most New York state residents (88 percent) want police to wear video cameras, as all racial groups agreed that police officers should carry video cameras for the purpose of filming their activities while on duty.
In total, 800 telephone interviews were conducted between January 20 and March 14, 2015, equally divided between upstate and downstate, and weighted to reflect the actual population distribution within the state.
Miller says of the results: “The more interaction you have with the police, the more likely the interaction will be positive. I think many police departments around the country already know that it’s important for them to interact with their communities in order to establish trust.”
Source: Cornell University