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80% of New Yorkers want ridesharing options across the state, according to a new poll

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Posted at 1:19 PM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 13:21:21-05

New Yorkers want Uber, and they want it now.

A new poll shows 80% of New York residents support statewide regulations to allow ridesharing, this being the second poll in six months to show an overwhelming desire for this service throughout the state.

The poll surveyed 800 registered voters across all 57 counties outside of New York City. Those in favor of ridesharing services support a proposal that would include strict rules and standardized regulations, including background checks for drivers and required insurance.

Ridesharing services are currently only available in New York City, leaving the rest of the state as one of the last places in the country without ridesharing options. According to the poll, about 90% of New Yorkers say ridesharing would help in areas that are looking for access to affordable and reliable transportation options.

The poll says New Yorkers are also looking at the economic benefits of businesses like Uber. Almost 90% of people polled said that New York needs more high-tech, innovative businesses to compete in the 21st century economy. 84% of those polled said ridesharing services can provide good, flexible economic opportunities.