Poll: N.J. voters support NYPD surveillance of Muslims, but split along racial lines

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Quinnipiac pollster Mickey Carroll suggested last month that support for the New York Police Department's antiterrorism strategy of monitoring Muslim business and organizations might slip once New Yorkers heard more about it, which only happened once the practice was reported to be taking place in New Jersey and other areas.

But what about New Jersey, where the reports drew sharp criticism of the NYPD from New Jersey governor Chris Christie?

A poll out today from Quinnpiac shows a clear majority of voters there are OK with the NYPD's activities in their state.

Overall, 62 percent of New Jersey voters said the NYPD's focus on Muslims was appropriate, 18 percent said it was unfair and 20 percent did not express an opinion. Republicans supported it 83-8 percent, Democrats by 44-27 percent, and independents by 64-17 percent.

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Approval of the tractic held up across all income brackets, but was clearly split along racial lines. White voters supported the NYPD focus on Muslims 70-14 percent, with only 14 percent undecided. That compares to only 30 percent of black voters who supported it, versus 38 who called it unfair, with 32 percent undecided.