Most New Yorkers assist Amazon coming to city however many hate the deal, a brand new ballot says (AMZN)
- A brand new ballot by Quinnipiac College discovered that New York Metropolis residents — even ones in Queens —largely assist Amazon coming to city.
- The 1,075 New York Metropolis voters polled had been break up on each the incentives the cities provided and the way the deal went down, nevertheless.
- Amazon is reportedly hiring an exterior New York-focused public affairs group, in line with a report within the Wall Avenue Journal.
Prefer it or not, Amazon has chosen Lengthy Island Metropolis, Queens, for one of many campuses for its second headquarters venture, which it calls HQ2.
It seems, most New Yorkers do in reality prefer it, in line with a brand new ballot finished by Quinnipiac College. In truth, 57% of New Yorkers say they welcome Amazon shifting to the neighborhood, whereas 26% oppose it. The margin is even bigger — 60% approval to 26% rejection — in Queens, the place Amazon will likely be ultimately be based mostly.
That is a notable two-to-one margin, and comes as one thing of a shock after native politicians and a few group teams voiced opposition to Amazon's choice. Quinnipiac surveyed 1,075 New York Metropolis voters through random calls to landlines and cell telephones in late November and early December to be able to conduct the ballot.
New Yorkers are break up, nevertheless, on the bundle of as much as $three billion in tax incentives town and state are providing the corporate. It is a a lot narrower divide, with 46% supporting the incentives and 44% opposing it citywide.
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"Whereas New Yorkers give the thumbs as much as Amazon shifting considered one of its new headquarters to Lengthy Island Metropolis, they're divided over the sizeable carrot provided to the net retail big," Mary Snow, polling analyst for the Quinnipiac College Ballot, stated in an announcement. "They're united, nevertheless, of their view that New York Metropolis ought to have extra of a say about Amazon's plans."
Respondents to the ballot stated they're principally fearful about housing prices rising, with 31% mentioning it as their largest concern about Amazon's HQ2. That's adopted by 25% fearful about transportation and 20% involved about common modifications to high quality of life. Round 19% of respondents are fearful about all of that.
Including to voters' dissatisfaction was how each New York Mayor Invoice de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo dealt with the HQ2 deal. Each bought blended grades from voters within the ballot. New Yorkers additionally stated they might have most well-liked town to be extra concerned within the choice course of.
Amazon is reportedly in late-stage talks with media-relations agency SKDKnickerbocker to deal with its New York public outreach, in line with the Wall Avenue Journal.
"We're excited to work with New Yorkers over the approaching months and years to carry a brand new Amazon headquarters to Lengthy Island Metropolis and assist assist the group," an Amazon spokeswoman advised the Journal. "We're at the start of this course of and we're going to be all fingers on deck to make sure we proceed to be taught in regards to the neighborhood and the group."
Amazon introduced that its HQ2 can be break up between Lengthy Island Metropolis and the newly created Nationwide Touchdown space of Arlington, Virginia, on November 13.
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