POLL: NY Voters Say Amazon Cancelling Queens HQ Bad for State

Over 60% Would Support Incentives if Amazon Reconsiders

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - In a new Siena poll, 67% of New York voters say that Amazon canceling its planned second headquarters in Queens was bad for the state, and 61% support a deal in which Amazon would receive $3 Billion in state and city incentives to create up to 25,000 jobs.

Voters identified Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as the biggest "villain" in the Amazon saga, perhaps leading to two-thirds of voters, including a majority of Democrats, say that Democratic control of the state makes it harder for businesses to be successful.

“By a wide margin, New Yorkers would support the deal coming back together if Cuomo and others can convince Amazon to reconsider,” Siena's Steve Greenberg said in a statement. “The Amazon deal was seen as very contentious, however, there was strong support for it last month, before it got cancelled. There is an overwhelming feeling that its cancellation was bad for the state."

The statewide poll on a number of issues also showed support for requiring parents to have children vaccinated, eliminating monetary bail, and legalizing marijuana, but strong opposition for issuing drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants.

Four out of five voters say that parents, regardless of their religious beliefs, should be required to have their children vaccinated for measles and other diseases before they can attend school.

Overwhelmingly, Republicans and independents, upstaters and downstate suburbanites oppose allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses. Democrats and New York City voters are closely divided on the issue. White voters strongly oppose; black and Latino voters support it by small margins.

You can see the entire poll results HERE.

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