Most New Yorkers oppose dividing the Empire State into two different states, a new Siena College poll finds.
The poll released Tuesday finds that dividing New York into two states – New York City / Long Island, Westchester, and Rockland counties as one state, and the other 53 counties as another state – is opposed by 66 percent and supported by 25 percent of voters.
“Nearly three-quarters of New York City voters, more than two-thirds of downstate suburbanites and a clear majority of upstaters oppose dividing New York into two states. It is also opposed by more than three-quarters of Democrats, 56 percent of independents and half of Republicans,” said Siena College pollster Steve Greenberg.
Earlier this year, Assem. Stephen Hawley brought up the idea of splitting New York into two states.