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New Yorkers Support Conservation Bond

A majority polled would support a bond measure

The results of a new poll show that 71 percent of New Yorkers would vote “yes” on a $5 billion Clean Water and Clean Air Bond Act, compared to just 24 percent saying “no.” Conducted by both Democratic and Republican polling firms, the poll shows bipartisan report. A total 81 percent of Democrats, 51 percent of Republicans and 68 percent of independents answered that they would vote “yes” on a bond measure to fund clean water, clean air and infrastructure progress. Nearly three times as many stated they would “definitely” vote yes as those who said they would “definitely” vote no.

The poll further found that waste management and deteriorating transportation infrastructure capture the most attention, with 80 percent and 77 percent of respondents calling the problems “extremely serious,” respectively. Nearly two-thirds of those polled also labeled water pollution and aging dams, levees and pipeless as serious issues. In terms of public concern, these entries each ranked above other matters such as state taxes and traffic congestion.

Oddly enough, the poll found that a sizable difference in concern between “global warming” and “climate change.” A majority – 57 percent – labelled global warming a grave issue, but only half of respondents said the same for “climate change.”

Those polled overwhelmingly stated that conservations pending should protect drinking water, facilitate cleanup of waterways, improve public infrastructure and preserve Adirondack and Catskill forests. Most called for updating dilapidated sewage systems, protecting public transit and safeguarding forests as the most important initiatives. More than seven in the supported fully funding the Environmental Protection Fund, an increase of 20 percent from 2011.

12.04.15 // AUTHOR: Brendan Szendro //