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Poll: New Yorkers would rather re-open too slowly than too quickly, by 2-to-1 margin

Posted at 6:07 AM, May 27, 2020

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — According to a new poll from Siena College, New Yorkers would rather re-open too slowly than too quickly, by a 2-to-1 margin.

New York voters say if the state moves too quickly when reopening, it would be more dangerous than if we took our time re-opening.

Right now, the Western New York region is in Phase One of reopening, while the Finger Lakes region which includes Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming counties, will enter Phase Two of reopening on Friday.

“New Yorkers, including 79 percent of Democrats, 50 percent of Republicans and 54 percent of independents, see a bigger danger for the state in moving too quickly to reopen rather than in moving too slowly," said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. "Three-quarters of New York City voters are concerned about moving too quickly to end the stay-at-home orders, as are nearly 60 percent of upstaters and downstate suburbanites."

The poll also found that 64 percent of responders think it is somewhat likely schools will reopen by September.

Additionally, nearly 90 percent of responders approve of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision that New Yorkers have to wear masks in public places where social distancing isn't possible.