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Majority of New Yorkers Oppose Housing Migrants in SUNY Dorms, Siena College Poll Finds

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A recent poll conducted by Siena College indicates a majority of New York’s registered voters are against the previously proposed plan by Gov. Kathy Hochul to temporarily house migrants in State University of New York (SUNY) dorms.


The survey, which began on June 20 and polled around 800 people over five days, revealed a split among Democrats and a significant opposition from Republicans to the proposal. Notably, a slight majority of self-identified liberals expressed support for the initiative.

The poll also found that New Yorkers have reservations about moving migrants from New York City to other counties, with 46% of respondents expressing opposition. The Democratic response was mixed, with half supporting the proposal and the rest divided between opposition and ambivalence. Independent voters were predominantly against the measure.

Hochul’s original plan to use SUNY facilities and other state buildings, such as closed prisons, as temporary housing for migrants arose during the migrant influx in May. However, the governor has since walked back the SUNY proposal, stating that it was only considered as a potential option.



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