A majority of New York City residents approve of the surveillance tactics of the NYPD, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.
The city has come under fire recently after an Associated Press report revealed the city's law enforcement was working with the CIA to gather intelligence on mosques.
However, a the Quinnipiac survey of 964 New York City voters shows that 58 percent say the NYPD acted appropriately dealing with Muslims post 9/11.
"New Yorkers overwhelmingly think their police are going a good job of protecting against terrorism, and they don't believe they're picking on Muslims," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
"I think they're doing what they have to do," said Emilio Aguilar, a 32-year-old deliveryman. "It's for the good of the country."
Although 29 percent of New Yorkers viewed police surveillance of Muslims as unfair, 82 percent say the NYPD has been effective in fighting terrorism.
The survey was conducted March 6-11 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.