- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A poll finds a large majority of New York state voters think a white police officer should have been criminally charged in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man, but views are split along partisan and racial lines.

The Siena College poll was released Friday. Fifty-five percent of New Yorkers believe there should have been an indictment in Eric Garner’s death. Thirty percent say a grand jury correctly decided not to indict.

Sixty-eight percent of Democrats say there should have been charges, while 30 percent of Republicans do. Forty-eight percent of white voters believe an indictment was merited, compared to 80 percent of black voters and 56 percent of Hispanic voters.

The telephone poll surveyed 639 registered voters. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

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