NEW YORK— A large number of New York voters think that Hurricane Sandy was caused by global warming, a Siena College Poll found Monday.
“At least 63 percent of voters from every region—including two-thirds of upstaters and three-quarters of those in New York City—say the severe storms over the last two years demonstrate global climate change,” stated Steven Greenberg, a Siena pollster.
More than two-thirds of independent voters, 8 of 10 Democrats, and 46 percent of Republicans agree that Hurricane Sandy was caused by climate change.
“There may be a debate about what has caused the global climate change, but for most New Yorkers there is no debate that it is occurring,” Greenberg stated.
Hurricane Sandy caused nearly one in seven voters to suffer home damage, and more than one-third voters to lose power.
New York voters, however, gave Gov. Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg, and President Obama fairly high grades for their handling of Hurricane Sandy.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), also received good grades, but Consolidated Edison (ConEd) received a mixed review.
According to the poll, The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) received a poor grade from nearly half of New Yorkers, and about 60 percent of downstaters.
This Siena College Poll was conducted Nov. 26–29 by phoning 822 New York State registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.
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