An overwhelming number of New Yorkers want more surveillance cameras to be installed in public places, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University. The demand for more governmental surveillance is spread across demographics: 80% of white voters want more big brother, 86% of black voters want to be on camera, and 88% of Hispanic voters are ready for their close-up. Even Democrats and Republicans agree, 85% and 86% respectively, that we should be monitored (more) in public.
The survey suggests a connection between the hunger for surveillance cameras and fear of terrorism. According to the poll, which queried 1,082 NYC voters over cell phone and land line, 62% of local voters are "very worried" or "somewhat worried" there will be another terrorist attack in the city. (Something the tabloids are always eager to exploit.) Meanwhile, 79% of respondents say the NYPD has done a good job protecting the city from terrorism.
"Most New Yorkers think another terrorist attack like the Boston Marathon bombing is likely. But overwhelmingly they're not making any changes in their lives because of it," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Smile, you're on a New York City surveillance camera, and voters would like to see more of them." It goes without saying the NYPD loves surveillance cameras too, except of course when they see themselves on screen.