- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A new poll finds that two-thirds of New York City voters disagree with the Staten Island grand jury’s decision to not indict a police officer for the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday also revealed that 60 percent of voters approve of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s handling of the resulting protests.

More than 70 percent of respondents approved of the NYPD’s handling of the protests, which have largely stayed peaceful though have frequently snarled traffic.

Only 34 percent said they believed the demonstrators should be allowed to block traffic.

Police Commissioner William Bratton’s approval rating is at 44 percent, the lowest for a police commissioner in more than 12 years.

The poll surveyed 1,374 New Yorkers with a margin of error of three percentage points.


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