In a survey measuring the quality of life in New York state, the Siena Research Institute found that 41 percent of respondents say things have gotten worse, more than double those who believe conditions have improved in the past decade.
Just 19 percent of New Yorkers believe their lifestyle has improved in the last 10 years while 39 percent said conditions are about the same.
"While New Yorkers see improvement in some areas that contribute to life's quality, like internet access, clean water, ensuring the rights of others and reducing crime, overall more people say that their life and that of their friends, family and acquaintances has worsened over the last ten years than say it has improved," said Dr. Don Levy, SRI's director.
As to the future, 30 percent see better days ahead in the next decade, 32 percent see little change and 35 percent expect their lifestyle to worsen.
The SRI special survey of New York Quality of Life was conducted Feb. 14 and consisted of 800 respondents over the age of 18 via both landline and cell phones. Complete results can be found here.