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Poll: Majority Of NYers Support Additional NYPD Oversight

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A new poll suggests a majority of New Yorkers think more oversight of the New York City Police Department is a good idea.

Sixty-six percent of city voters surveyed by Quinnipiac University back the creation of an inspector general position to independently monitor police; 25 percent disagree.

When the poll is broken down along racial lines, the inspector general idea is favored by 78 percent of black voters, 77 percent of Hispanic voters, and 53 percent of white voters.

The proposal gets the most support in Queens, at 70 percent.

Support on Staten Island is the lowest, with 46 percent of voters on board.

Eight percent of city voters polled said having an inspector general would make the city less safe, while 43 percent say it will make the city safer and 43 percent say it won't make a difference.

One a more positive note, 60 percent of voters approve of the job police are doing, compared to 32 percent who disapprove.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly also has the highest job approval of any citywide elected or appointed official, with 65 percent approval versus 25 percent.

A total of 1,417 city voters were polled from April 3-8. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Kelly have criticized a bill that would create an inspector general.

The City Council is expected to pass the measure this month and eventually override a mayoral veto.

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