New York is in a state of decline – with a deteriorating quality of life linked to sky-high housing costs, rampant crime and a persistent migrant crisis, according to a new poll.
Fifty-seven percent of the 804 registered voters who participated in the Siena College poll released Tuesday said the quality of life in the Empire State is getting worse, while 27 percent said it is the same and just 14 percent said it is the same. said it was better.
“A large majority of Republicans, a large majority of independents and a plurality of Democrats all say that the quality of life in New York is getting worse,” said Siena College presenter Steven Greenberg.
“In fact, a majority of virtually every demographic group – a plurality of Democrats, liberals and New York voters – say things are getting worse.
“Only 4% of independents, 5% of Republicans and 22% of Democrats say things are improving in New York.”
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Meanwhile, 52% of voters said access to affordable health care was a major issue, 44% of respondents said threats to the environment were a pressing concern, and 38% said New- Yorkers choosing to flee the state were a major concern.
Asked what is the most important issue Governor Hochul and the Legislature should address: 27% of voters said cost of living, 19% said crime, 18% said the housing crisis migrants, 17% responded to the shortage of affordable housing and 8% spoke about the lack of access or cost of health care.
According to the poll, there was remarkable agreement across the political spectrum on the state’s pressing issues.
“In assessing the severity of the problems New York faces, there is, surprisingly, considerable agreement among Democrats, Republicans and independents,” Greenberg said.
“At least 80% of every partisan group considers the cost of living in this state to be a major problem. At least 71% of them believe that affordable housing is a major problem, as do at least 64% of them regarding crime and at least 51% regarding the influx of migrants,” he said. he added.
In a stunning finding, a combined 88% of voters said President Biden, former President Donald Trump, or both were mentally or physically unfit to serve as president for the next four-year term.
- 34% said neither was fit to serve
- 26% said Trump was out of shape
- 28% Biden is not in good shape
That means 62 percent of blue-leaning New York voters said the 80-year-old sitting Democratic president is unfit to serve a second term, and 60 percent of respondents said the GOPer Trump, 77, is not fit to serve.
By a margin of nearly two to one, voters say next year’s presidential election is the most important of their lives, 60% to 33%.
This Siena College poll was conducted Sept. 10-13 among 804 registered voters surveyed via landline and cell phone lines and from an online panel. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.