A polling call about Ray Kelly
A reader emails to report having received a phone call tonight about a poll that included questions about police commissioner Ray Kelly as a mayoral candidate. According to the reader, the questions came from a firm identifying itself as Opinion Access.
One question, according to the reader, was, "How do you rate the job Ray Kelly is doing as police commissioner: good, fair or poor?"
Another question asked whether the reader who received the call was satisfied with current candidates for mayor.
The caller also provided additional information about Kelly, highlighting his support of stop-and-frisk, which the Democratic candidates say they want to reduce but which Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Kelly say is vital to the city's public safety.
The person who received the call is a registered Democrat and paraphrased how the survey described Kelly as follows:
"Since Ray Kelly was appointed police commissioner in 2002 NYC crime is down 40 percent. Does that make you more or less likely to vote for him?
"And, as police commissioner, Ray Kelly supports the NYPD stop-and-frisk tactics which has been criticized for treating blacks and Latinos [unfairly]. Does that make you more or less likely to vote for him?"
Later, the caller asked the recipient to complete a statement about "the best reasons to vote for Ray Kelly."