Subway crime worries NY voters ahead of mayoral primary: poll

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Subway crime is on the minds of New Yorkers as they head to the polls to vote in the primary election for mayor.

An NBC/Politico/Marist College poll of Democratic voters found that 69 percent of likely voters want to see an increase in cops patrolling the subway system compared to 26 percent who disagree, with the rest undecided.

Subway safety was most pressing in The Bronx, where 81 percent of voters said they wanted to see an increase in police officers patrolling the rails.

Meanwhile one-third of those surveyed said they wouldn’t feel safe walking the city streets.

But that number jumps to 39 percent — four in 10 voters — who said they wouldn’t feel safe traveling in the subway. Nearly half of Bronx voters said they wouldn’t feel safe in the transit system.

As the city emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, about half of voters said they do not commute to work.

NYPD officers in the subway
The poll found that subway safety is a pressing concern in the Bronx, where a whopping 81 percent of likely voters said more cops are needed on the transit system.
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Only 20 percent of voters said they did not feel safe walking in their neighborhood.

And defunding the police was unpopular. Only a third of voters said they backed moving dollars from the NYPD budget to fund programs to address mental health issues.

More than 40 percent combined back either increasing the number of officers on city street patrols or reassigning plainclothes officers to high crime crime communities to help curb gun violence. Another 17 percent of respondents want funds used to help resolve conflicts between gang members.

Voters are divided on the future of the city — 44 percent of respondents said the city is moving in the right direction, while another 44 percent said it’s going in the wrong direction.

On the bright side, more than 8 in 10 voters said the coronavirus is now under control and 76 percent of Dems said they see a future for their family in the Big Apple.

An officer at the scene of a crime in the subway
Nearly half of likely voters say they do not commute to work, despite the city emerging from coronavirus restrictions.
Christopher Sadowski

On education, a majority of voters — 60 percent — said the city should focus on improving low-performing schools, 20 percent supported admission changes to admit more blacks and Hispanics into high-performing schools and 15 percent said the cap should be lifted to allow more charter schools to open.

Adams firmly in the lead

As for the mayor’s race, nearly two thirds of voters — 64 percent — want a leader with government experience at City Hall compared to 24 percent who want an outsider with the remainder undecided.

In the mayor’s race, the survey had Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams leading the pack with 24 percent support of Democratic voters, followed by former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia with 17 percent. Former City Hall Counsel Maya Wiley was third with 15 percent backing and then Andrew Yang fourth, with 13 percent.

The Marist survey of 876 likely Democratic voters, taken from June 3 to 9, has a plus or minus 3.8 percentage point margin of error.

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