Nearly 70 Percent of NYC Voters Didn't Like Police Funeral Protest

Police officers chose to turn their backs or look away as Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered his eulogy for slain Police Officer Wenjian Liu, Sunday, January 4th 2015.

Photographer: Joe Marino/NY Daily News/Getty Images

Almost 70 percent of New York voters disapproved of police turning their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio at funerals for two officers killed in an ambush last month, a poll found.

Comments by Patrick Lynch, president of the 25,000-member Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, that de Blasio had blood on his hands were “too extreme,” according to 77 percent of respondents in the poll released Thursday by Hamden, Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University. No party, gender, racial, borough or age group said Lynch’s comments were appropriate, according to the survey.

Sixty-nine percent of voters, regardless of race, disapproved of the back-turning protest.

“Cops turning their backs on their boss, Mayor Bill de Blasio, is unacceptable, New Yorkers say by large margins,” Maurice Carroll, the university’s assistant poll director, said in a statement.

The relationship between de Blasio, 53, and the union has been tense since the mayor, following a grand jury’s decision not to indict an officer for the death of an unarmed black man during an arrest, said he’s counseled his own son to be wary of police. De Blasio is white and married to a black woman.

At the funerals of Officer Wenjian Liu, 32, and Officer Rafael Ramos, 40, hundreds of officers watching on large-screen monitors turned their back on de Blasio as he spoke.

The survey of 1,182 New York City voters was conducted from Jan. 7 through Jan. 14, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

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