A majority of voters in New York state did not support reducing funding for police departments, a survey released Tuesday found.
“The poll, by Siena College Research Institute, found broad variations in respondents’ attitudes on police issues depending on demographic factors like geography, race and political affiliation,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
The report continued:
Ninety-one percent of Black respondents said they believed there was a pattern of excessive police violence, while 9% said the killings of Messrs. Floyd and Brooks were tragic, isolated instances. Forty percent of white respondents agreed with the latter statement while 53% of the white voters surveyed last week said they were part of a pattern.
The poll found 57% of the 806 voters surveyed opposed reducing funding for police departments, and 60% said in response to a separate question that they opposed defunding police. Opposition to reducing funding for police was higher