Race and Policing in Boston Polling Data Revealed | City of Ideas
The Boston Foundation
City of Boston Poll Topline Results
Survey of 301 residents of the City of Boston Field Dates: July 12 – 13, 2016.
I'm going to read you the names of several people and groups and ask if you have a generally favorable or generally unfavorable view of them. If you have never heard of the person or if you are undecided, please just say so. READ FIRST NAME. How about READ NEXT NAME?
REPEAT QUESTION TEXT ONLY IF NECESSARY, PROBE IF RESPONDENT SAYS “DON’T KNOW”. Have you heard of READ NAME and are undecided about (him/her)? Or PAUSE have you never heard of (him/her)?
|Order rotated.||Favorable||Unfavorable||Heard of/
|Mayor Marty Walsh||56%||18%||19%||6%||2%|
|The Boston Police||73%||8%||16%||1%||3%|
Overall, how fairly would you say the Boston Police treat black and Hispanic residents—very fairly, fairly, unfairly, or very unfairly?
|Don’t Know / Refused||19%|
Which statement do you agree with more? READ AND ROTATE
|Tension between police and minority residents is not really a problem in Boston||38%|
|Boston has the same kinds of problems as other cities when it comes to the police and minority residents||48%|
|Don’t Know / Refused||13%|
In the last year, have you felt as though you were treated fairly or unfairly in your dealings with any Boston Police Officers you may have encountered? If you have not encountered any police officers in the last year, please just say so.
|Have not encountered any police||59%|
|Don’t Know / Refused||1%|
How serious of a problem do you think racism is in the city of Boston - very serious, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not at all serious?
|Not too serious||24%|
|Not at all serious||10%|
|Don’t Know / Refused||5%|
Would you say race relations in Boston have gotten better or worse in the last ten years, or would you say they have stayed the same?
|Stayed the same||36%|
|Don’t Know / Refused||10%|
Would you say Boston residents of different racial and ethnic backgrounds have equal access to READ FIRST or not? How about READ NEXT?
|Order rotated.||Yes they do||Not they
|Don’t Know / Refused|
|Good quality schools||45%||47%||9%|
|Good housing choices||40%||47%||13%|
|Quality health care||60%||28%||12%|
|Good paying jobs||38%||50%||12%|
|Reliable public transportation||69%||25%||6%|
How much do you think each of the following organizations could do to improve race relations in Boston? First, READ FIRST? How about READ NEXT? REPEAT QUESTION STEM AND SCALE ONLY AS NEEDED.
|Order rotated.||A great
|A fair amount||Not too much||Nothing at all||Don’t Know / Refused|
to improving the city
|Boston police leaders||52%||28%||10%||6%||5%>|
|Mayor Marty Walsh||43%||25%||10%||10%||11%|
|Everyday residents of the city||54%||28%||10%||2%||6%|
|Local media outlets||45%||32%||9%||6%||7%|
|18 to 29||32%|
|30 to 44||29%|
|45 to 59||21%|
|White / Caucasian||47%|
|African American / Black||22%|
|Asian or Pacific Islander||8%|
|Don’t Know / Refused||3%|
About the Poll
These results are based on a survey of 301 residents of The City of Boston. Interviews were conducted July 12-13, 2016 by live telephone interviews via both landline and cell phone. The results were weighted to match the demographic of the City of Boston using figures from the US Census Bureau. The margin of sampling error is +/- 5.7 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence. The poll was sponsored by The Boston Foundation.