A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that the majority of New York City (NYC) voters consider crime to be the city's #1 problem.
Forty-one percent of respondents who were asked to choose the most important problem currently affecting New York City selected crime. Affordable housing came in second with 17%, followed by homelessness (12%), inflation (8%), and immigration (7%), with no other issue, even coming close (8 percent).
Republican voters, in particular, identified crime as the most important concern in New York City, along with independent voters (53%) and a majority of Democrats (30%).
In addition, only 8% of voters said they felt “safer” in the city today compared to one year ago, while 41% said they feel “less safe” and 53% said they feel “about the same.”
Additionally, just 36% of respondents favor of how New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) is handling the city's crime, while 57% disapprove. The majority of Democrats, 48 percent, and the majority of Republicans, 78 percent and 63 percent, respectively, disagree with Adams' approach to the crime problem.
The survey has a +/- 2.7 percent margin of error and was conducted from January 26 to 30, 2023, among 1,310 registered New York City voters.
According to data from the New York City Police Department (NYPD), robberies, rapes, and burglaries all increased significantly in the city in November. At the time, Kathy Hochul, the Democratic governor of New York, denied that the troubling figures had anything to do with bail reform.
Additionally, a recent study discovered that purported “reforms” to the justice system have led to the dismissal of cases by the prosecution, adding to the growing crime problem afflicting the blue city.