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Poll: New Yorkers Want Inspector General For NYPD

Members of the NYPD at the St. Patrick's Day Parade - March 16, 2013 (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Members of the NYPD at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 16, 2013 (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) - A poll finds New York City voters overwhelmingly support a plan to put the New York Police Department under the scrutiny of an outside watchdog.

The Quinnipiac University poll finds that majorities of all racial groups and both sexes support creating the position of inspector general to independently monitor the police department.

“New Yorkers overwhelmingly favor the idea of an inspector general for the police department, 66 to 25,” said Maurice Carroll, Quinnipiac University Polling Director.

White voters support the independent police monitor by a margin of 53 to 38 percent. More than three out of four black and Hispanic voters support the proposal.

“New Yorkers like the job that Ray Kelly, the police commissioner, is doing. They tell Quinnipiac they like the cops 60 to 32,” Carroll told Lamb.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has promised a veto if the City Council passes the proposal to install a police inspector general.

The Quinnipiac poll questioned 1,417 New York City voters April 3 to 8. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

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