The majority of New Yorkers want migrants to be resettled in the state
New York City residents agree there is “no place in the inn” for more migrants seeking refuge in the five boroughs and support a proposal to relocate them to the state, a new poll shows.
A majority of city voters — 63% — don’t believe the Big Apple has the capacity to accommodate asylum seekers, while 31% believe the city has enough space, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday.
The poll also found voters — by a majority of 65% to 26% — in favor of an Adams proposal to send some of the migrants to areas in upstate New York with shrinking populations.
Seven out of 10 voters said they believe it is a crisis for the five counties that more than 40,000 migrants seeking refuge have arrived in the city since last year. Only 25% of voters said they didn’t believe it was a crisis and 5% had no opinion.
An estimated 43,200 migrants have arrived in the Big Apple since the spring, 28,200 of whom are living in 86 taxpayer-funded shelters and processing centers.
The influx prompted Adams to declare “there’s no room at the inn” and to seek financial help from both the state and federal governments — totaling over $1 billion.
Gov. Kathy Hochul allocated over $1 billion in extraordinary funds to the migrant crisis in her record-breaking $227 billion budget proposal unveiled Wednesday.
The plan would also require both New York City and the White House to meet some of the overall cost of housing and feeding the migrants, but it was unclear how much both would be up to.
The poll found that 82% of voters think the federal government has a responsibility to help New York City locate migrants seeking refuge, compared with 14% who don’t.
This includes 90% of polled Democratic voters, 64% of Republicans, and 80% of independents.
A majority — 67% to 27% — of voters also think the federal government should ease work requirements for migrants — a process that typically takes around six months after a person submits their asylum application.
“While a majority of voters recognize that the influx of migrants is reaching crisis proportions, New Yorkers are broadly accepting of integrating them into the workforce,” said poll analyst Tim Malloy of Quinnipiac University.
The analysis had an error rate of +/- 2.7 percentage points and was conducted from January 26th to 30th.
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