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14 questions for Long Islanders

A proposal to have all special-district elections on the same day drew the most support out of 14 suggestions for Long Islanders in a Siena College Research Institute poll of 703 registered voters conducted on behalf of the Long Island Association. Merging Nassau and Suffolk into one county drew the least support. Here are the results for all 14 proposals (full wording below):

"Support" is a combination of people who said they were "strongly in favor" or "somewhat in favor," while "Oppose" is a combination of those who said they "somewhat oppose" or "strongly oppose" an idea. The poll, taken on Dec. 8 and 11-14, 2016, has a margin of error of +/- 4.3 percentage points. You can read more about it here.

Here is the demographic breakdown on the question about having a single election day for special districts:

Strongly in favorSomewhat in favorSomewhat opposedStrongly opposed
  Independent/ Other503468
  No college493297
  Bachelors' or higher523653
  Under $50G453694
  Over $100G553264

Here is the full wording of each question: 1) Create a single Election Day for all of Long Island´s special district elections that include: water, sewer, library and fire districts. 2) Construct offshore wind farms that are at least 10 or more miles offshore. 3) Make the New York State property tax cap permanent. 4) Electrify the LIRR to Port Jefferson, Riverhead and Patchogue. 5) Funding public education on Long Island with the state´s personal income tax rather than with local property taxes. 6) Construct affordable housing units in downtowns on Long Island. 7) Take aggressive steps to return the New York Islanders to the Nassau Coliseum. 8) Add a fee to water bills on Long Island that would be used to pay for clean water protection programs. 9) Build a bridge over the Long Island Sound in Suffolk County to Connecticut. 10) Repeal the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare. 11) Construct a tunnel from Nassau County to Westchester County. 12) Consolidate Long Island´s 127 school districts into 13 town-wide school districts. 13) Have Long Island secede from New York State and create the State of Long Island with Nassau and Suffolk counties. 14) Merge Nassau and Suffolk counties into Long Island County.


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