A new poll released on Tuesday shows New York state voters want to see the controversial bail law tightened amid concerns about a surge in violent crime.
The result of the Siena College survey shows that the vast majority of those polled, 91 percent, said crime was a very serious or somewhat serious problem.
From that data, 60 percent said crime is a “very serious” problem while another 31 percent said it’s a “somewhat serious” problem.
The poll result has shown that worries bout crime cut across all regions and racial groups.
The same poll also shows that two-thirds of blacks and Hispanics and 53 percent of whites revealed that they were very or at least somewhat worried about being the victim of a crime.
“New Yorkers say crime is a serious problem across the state. More than half of every demographic group say it is a very serious problem and at least 84% of every demographic say it is at least a somewhat serious problem,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said.
Meanwhile, the same poll has shown that two-thirds of voters agree with New York City Mayor Eric Adams that the controversial bail law needs to be overhauled by giving judges the discretion to detain “dangerous” recidivist felons pending trial for a lesser offense.
Sources said under the current bail law, these defendants are automatically released pending trial if they’re charged with a non-violent felony or misdemeanor crime that exempts them from cash bail consideration or detention.
Moreover, the poll also showed that a total of 65 percent of the 803 respondents said the bail law should be amended to take into account a defendant’s prior violent record, and only 27 percent of voters said the law should not be changed, while the rest were undecided.
According to reports, the Siena College Poll was conducted from February 14 to 17 among 803 registered voters with 503 voters contacted by mobile or landline phones and 300 responses given via an online panel.
It has an overall margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.