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Poll Shows New Yorkers Can't Stand Police Union Leader or Sharpton

January 16, 2015  | 

The two most grating voices in the dispute over NYPD policies are feeling the wrath of New York City voters, according to The Quinnipiac University poll.

The Rev. Al Sharpton and police union leader Patrick Lynch got hammered Thursday in the first poll on police-community relations since the murder of two cops last month. The poll found only 29 percent of voters view Sharpton favorably, while 53 percent give him a thumbs-down. Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, fared even worse, with only 18 percent of voters giving him a positive score, while 39 percent rated him negatively.

Voters by large margins said it was wrong for cops to turn their backs on Mayor de Blasio. Lynch had refused to condemn the act, the New York Post reports.

Despite their feelings about the leaders at the forefront of tensions over NYPD policies, voters expressed strong support for the cops themselves — especially those who patrol their own neighborhoods. Seventy-one percent said they are pleased with the performance of cops who protect their blocks. Only 25 percent said they weren’t.

De Blasio didn’t fare nearly as well as New York’s Finest. He has been unable to break the 50 percent approval mark on his handling of the Police Department’s relationship with the community since Quinnipiac started polling on the issue last August. This month, 41 percent of New Yorkers approved of his performance on the issue, while 52 percent disapproved.

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kevCopAz @ 1/17/2015 7:37 AM

Im surpassed the Cop support #s are so high, thats great. Well lets make a deal. Mr. Lynch offer your resignation as Union head IF De Blasio offers his as Mayor. If You are truly behind your officers this would be a jester that you would make to end this dictator Mayors regime. Think about it, you would do your Union and your city a grand favor.

James @ 1/17/2015 11:44 AM

There was discussions by Thomas Jefferson to limit the cities to around 50,000 citizens citing the mass stupidity when people live in large groups, and the resulting rampant leach populations welfare as we call it today. I agree wholeheartedly with that principle. Working and living in large urban areas like Detroit in my case and other cities we see like New York, Chicago, L.A., Miami ect we see this trend to mass stupidity and dependence on the others as a way of life. So this poll taken there is no surprise. Now do this poll in a smaller community and you will see a huge difference. This is why when I retired and moved 400+ miles away from Detroit or any city of significant size. Got tired of the mass stupidity.

bob retired leo NY/FL @ 1/17/2015 12:06 PM

In the late 70's I was a young caucasion Off. assigned to footposts in a mostly Hispanic, African American neighborhood. As each day progressed I became friendly with the people in the community. They were so happy with me walking the beat they would take walks at night. They were all good people and would inform me of the trouble makers on post. On the evening swing when all the stores closed all I had was the all night liquor store and the elevated train. I would inform the transit cop I was on the foot post and we would share info. The people on my post would bring me different ethnic dishes and be insulted if I didnt share thier cooking on my meal break. I used to get told how much they supported the PD and that it was the thugs that ruined the community. I was told we are poor people but honest and we appreciate you being here. I know the feeling because I was raised in the projects and we were lower middle class people. I supported the community and the people supported the PD.

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/17/2015 7:20 PM

Sorry but New Yorkers can't stand anything but if I lived in a city that smelled like pee I'd be angry too.

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