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Poll: Confidence in NYPD job performance slips

An NYPD patrol car is shown in this

An NYPD patrol car is shown in this file photo taken on March 18, 2012. Credit: Getty Images

Voter approval of how the NYPD does its job has slipped in the past three months, though Police Commissioner William J. Bratton's job approval rating remains virtually unchanged over the same period, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

By 59 percent to 32 percent, city voters approved the job the NYPD is doing, compared with 68 percent who approved and 24 percent who didn't during a survey in March by the same pollsters.

Like his predecessor Ray Kelly, Bratton gets higher marks than his boss, Mayor Bill de Blasio, although the number of those who disapprove of Bratton rose slightly.

By a margin of 57 percent to 19 percent, voters favored Bratton's job performance, compared with 57 who did and 13 who didn't in the March poll. But, the Quinnipiac on Wednesday said 51 percent of voters believe Mayor Bill de Blasio is performing well.

The poll also found support, by 75 percent to 18 percent, of a City Council proposal to hire 1,000 more cops -- a plan opposed by the mayor as unnecessary and unaffordable.

There has been a 10.7 percent spike in shootings through Sunday, and shootings have been on the rise since March. Through June 8, there have been 434 shooting incidents, compared with 392 by the same time last year. There is also concern about crime in public housing, where an assailant fatally stabbed a child and critically wounded another June 1.

The poll released Thursday found that voters, 59 to 30 percent, want the police department to intensify patrolling the buildings' hallways -- "vertical patrols," in police lingo.

"We can't ignore the likely impact of the highly publicized murder of a child in a housing project elevator," said pollster Maurice Carroll.

Asked about the poll results, de Blasio's chief spokesman, Phil Walzak, said there have been 94,000 vertical patrols as of June 8. There had been 109,000 over the same period the year before, according to the NYPD's top spokesman, Steve Davis. Criminal trespass arrests are up 8.8 percent year to date, to 2,269, from 2,085, the men said.

Davis declined to comment on the poll's overall findings

The Quinnipiac poll of 1,033 city voters, was conducted from June 5 to 9, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

With Anthony M. DeStefano

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