Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: 47 Percent Of New Jerseyans Approve Of Muslim Monitoring

March 30, 2012 12:00 AM

Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: 47 Percent Of New Jerseyans Approve Of Muslim Monitoring
" NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A new poll finds most New Jersey residents support the secret monitoring of Muslim groups by the New York Police Department, though that sentiment isn’t as strong in Hudson and Essex counties.

The Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Friday found 47 percent of New Jerseyans felt the monitoring was necessary, while 32 percent were against it, saying it violated civil liberties.

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Twelve percent said it was necessary even though it violated civil liberties.

“Another recent poll told us that New Yorkers strongly supported the NYPD, which was to be expected,” poll Director David Redlawsk, a professor of political science at Rutgers, said in a statement. “But New Jerseyans also seem to have few problems with the NYPD’s actions, which is more surprising since we’re talking about an out-of-state police force operating in secret here.”

In Hudson and Essex counties, where the monitoring was conducted, 37 percent were in favor while 44 percent said it violated civil liberties.

“Not surprisingly, those closest to the surveillance operations are the most likely to be concerned for civil liberties violations,” said Redlawsk "

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