New Yorkers blame both Mayor Bill de Blasio and police in the current standoff, but they don’t approve of officers turning their backs on the mayor at police funerals, or of the comment by a union leader that he had “blood on his hands.”
The Quinnipiac poll found that 69 percent disapproved of the silent protest and 77 percent considered Pat Lynch’s comment “too extreme.”
Three quarters said relations between de Blasio and the police are “generally bad.” Of those, 45 percent said de Blasio is to blame, while 43 percent blame police. Overall, 56 percent of New Yorkers approved of the way police are doing their jobs and about half approved of how de Blasio is handling crime. Fifty-six percent approved of the job Police Commissioner William Bratton was doing, up from his previous rating.
The poll results also come amid a burst of dissension within the union ranks and Lynch. At a union lunch last week, a shouting match broke out over Lynch’s public battle with de Blasio, with some delegates suggesting his methods weren’t effective.
De Blasio suggested the dissent was because Lynch did not speak for all his members.