Bill Bratton Resigns, Leaving High Poll Numbers Behind
Of the 1,310 New York City voters surveyed, Bratton received a 57% favorable job performance score, with 60% of respondents approving of the job the NYPD has been doing city-wide. Local policing received even higher ratings, with 69% approving of the job NYPD officers do within individual neighborhoods. As a counter-point, there is a significant racial divide between on questions involving police: Concerning the way NYPD are doing their job, the approval rating is 80% for White respondents, 32% for Black respondents. When narrowed down to the local level, responses were 84% positive from White respondents, 49% from Black respondents.
In addition to survey data, crime data supports improvements under Bill Bratton's watch. Using the data for the "seven major" felonies [PDF link], NYPD data shows citywide crime decreasing immediately upon Bill Bratton's appointment as Police Commissioner in 2014, stemming what had been a gradual increase over the past four years.