Like most humans though, those surveyed changed their minds when told about the cost.
The report was prepared by Pacific Grove resident Hank Armstrong, vice president of communications for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and police Sgt. Carl Lafata.
Some 76 percent of respondents preferred a city police department, even when told it would cost considerably more than a regional police plan or contracting for services.
But when told contracting for police services or a regional policing plan could save the city as much as $500,000 or $1 million a year, about 69 percent said they would support the idea, while 22 were unlikely to support it.