Summit  Strategy  Group  

 
NYS  Poll  (57  counties  outside  NYC)            
November  9  -­‐  13,  2016                800  NYS  Registered  Voters                  MOE  +/-­‐  3.5  
 
Q.    
Do  you  or  any  member  of  your  family  currently  work  for  a  news  organization,  polling  or  market  research  firm,  elected        
                               official  or  candidate  for  political  office?  
Yes  
[TERMINATE]  
No  
100%  
Don’t  Know/Refused      
[TERMINATE]  
 
Q.      
Are  you  at  least  18  years  of  age  and  registered  to  vote  at  [street  address]?    
Registered  at  address      
100%  
All  other  responses  
[TERMINATE]  
 
 
Q.    
Do  generally  think  of  yourself  as  a  Democrat,  Republican  or  Independent?  
[IF  Democrat  ask]:  Are  you  a  strong  Democrat  or  not  a  very  strong  Democrat?  
[IF  Republican  ask]:  Are  you  a  strong  Republican  or  not  a  very  strong  Republican?  
[IF  Independent]:    Would  you  say  you  lean  Democratic  or  lean  Republican?  
 
Total  Democrat  
32%  
       Strong  Democrat  
24%  
       Not  a  very  strong  Democrat  
   8%  
Total  Republican  
29%  
       Strong  Republican  
21%  
       Not  a  very  strong  Republican  
   8%  
Total  Independent  
35%  
       Lean  Democrat  
   8%  
       Lean  Republican  
   8%  
       No  leaning  
20%  
Don’t  Know  
   3%  
 
 
Net  Totals  
 
Democrat  with  Ind  leaners  
40%  
Republican  with  Ind  leaners                                              37%  
             
Independent  no  leaners  
20%  
 
 
                                   
Q.                Party  [FROM  SAMPLE]  
     Democrat  
37%  
     Republican  
32%  
     Independent/Other  
31%  
 
Q.    
Gender  [BY  OBSERVATION]  
     Male    
46%  
                                     Female  
54%  
 
Q.  
Generally  speaking  do  you  feel  things  in  New  York  State  are  going  in  the  right  direction,  or  are  they  off  on  the  wrong  
track?  
 
Long   West/Rock   Central/   Western  
 
   Right  Direction  
   Wrong  Direction  
   Don’t  know  

TOTAL  

Island  

Putnam  

East  NY  

NY  

37%  
48%  
15%  

39%  
43%
18%

42%
41%
17%

36%
50%
14%

34%
54%
12%

 
 

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Q.  

And  how  about  your  area  of  the  state,  do  you  feel  things  in  your  area  are  going  in  the  right  direction,  or  are  they  off  on  
the  wrong  track?  
 
Long   West/Rock   Central/   Western  
 
   Right  Direction  
   Wrong  Direction  
   Don’t  know  

TOTAL  

Island  

Putnam  

East  NY  

NY  

48%  
45%  
   8%  

44%
48%
   8%

55%
38%
   7%

44%
48%
   7%

54%
37%
   9%

 

Q.                    Would  you  say  you  have  a  very  favorable,  somewhat  favorable,  somewhat  unfavorable  or  very  unfavorable  opinion                                                              
                           of  [NAME]  or  haven’t  you  heard  of  it?        
 

Uber    
Total  favorable  
       Very  favorable  
       Somewhat  favorable  
Total  unfavorable  
       Somewhat  unfavorable  
       Very  unfavorable  
Heard  of  but  can’t  rate  [VOL]  
Never  heard  
Don’t  know  

49%  
25%  
23%  
9%  
4%  
5%  
24%  
10%  
8%  

 

Ride  sharing  apps  for  smart  phones    
36%  
18%  
18%  
10%  
5%  
5%  
21%  
22%  
11%  
 

Total  favorable  
       Very  favorable  
       Somewhat  favorable  
Total  unfavorable  
       Somewhat  unfavorable  
       Very  unfavorable  
Heard  of  but  can’t  rate  [VOL]  
Never  heard  
Don’t  know  
 
Local  taxi  services  in  your  area  
Total  favorable  
       Very  favorable  
       Somewhat  favorable  
Total  unfavorable  
       Somewhat  unfavorable  
       Very  unfavorable  
Heard  of  but  can’t  rate  [VOL]  
Never  heard  
Don’t  know  

41%  
14%  
26%  
20%  
11%  
10%  
22%  
5%  
12%  

                                     Totals  may  not  add  to  100%  due  to  rounding  

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Q.                 Now  on  a  different  topic,  I  want  to  talk  to  you  about  rideshare  services,  including  companies  you  may  have  heard  of  like  
Uber  and  Lyft.      As  you  may  know,  these  services  allow  riders  to  use  an  app  on  their  smartphone  to  request  car  rides  and  
get  picked  up  by  a  driver  who  has  been  thoroughly  screened  and  drives  for  money  either  part-­‐time  or  full-­‐time.    Currently  
ridesharing  services,  like  Uber,  are  allowed  to  operate  in  most  parts  of  the  country  and  in  New  York  City  but  do  not  have  
state  authority  to  operate  throughout  New  York  State.  
 
                               Do  you  think  these  rideshare  services  would  have  a  positive  or  negative  impact  on  commuters  and  other  people  who  need                                      
               transportation  options  to  get  around  in  New  York  State?    
[IF  POSITIVE  ASK]  Do  you  think  that  would  a  very  positive  impact  or  a  somewhat  positive  impact?  
[IF  NEGATIVE  ASK]  Do  you  think  that  would  a  very  negative  impact  or  a  somewhat  negative  impact?  
 
 
 

Total  positive  
         Very  positive  
         Somewhat  positive  
Total  Negative  
         Somewhat  negative  
         Very  Negative  
Don’t  Know/Not  Sure  

Party  

Region  

Community  Type  

 
Total  

Dem  

Rep  

Ind/  
Other  

Long   West/Rock      Central/  
 
Western  
Island  
 Putnam   East  NY  
NY  

Urban  

Suburb  

Rural  

80%  

80%  

79%  

80%  

81%  

87%  

75%  

82%  

75%  

82%  

77%  

10%  

9%  

12%  

9%  

9%  

5%  

13%  

8%  

14%  

8%  

12%  

10%  

10%  

9%  

11%  

10%  

8%  

11%  

9%  

11%  

10%  

11%  

47%  
32%  
5%  
5%  

48%  
33%  
4%  
6%  

50%  
29%  
7%  
5%  

45%  
35%  
6%  
3%  

50%  
30%  
4%  
5%  

52%  
36%  
3%  
1%  

44%  
31%  
6%  
7%  

46%  
36%  
6%  
2%  

52%  
23%  
8%  
5%  

49%  
33%  
5%  
3%  

42%  
35%  
6%  
6%  

                                     Totals  may  not  add  to  100%  due  to  rounding  
 

Q.                There  is  a  currently  discussion  about  allowing  ridesharing  services  like  Uber  to  operate  throughout  New  York  State.    The    
proposal  would  create  strict  rules  for  ridesharing  companies  with  standardized  regulations,  including  background  checks  
for   drivers   and   required   insurance.     The   goal   is   to   ensure   reliable   and   quality   ridesharing   services   across   the   State   through  
clear  and  consistent  rules  so  that  ridesharing  is  regulated  the  same  way  from  county  to  county  and  town  to  town.    
Do  you  support  or  oppose  this  ridesharing  proposal?  
[IF  SUPPORT  ASK]  Do  you  strongly  support  or  somewhat  support?  
[IF  OPPOSE  ASK]  Do  you  strongly  oppose  or  somewhat  oppose?  
 
 

Total  support  
         Strongly  support  
         Somewhat  support  
Total  Oppose  
         Somewhat  Oppose  
         Strongly  Oppose  
Don’t  Know/Not  Sure  

 

Party  

Region  

Community  Type  

Total  

Dem  

Rep  

Ind/  
Other  

Long   West/Rock        Central/   Western  
Island    Putnam   East  NY  
NY  

Urban  

Suburb  

Rural  

80%  

79%  

81%  

80%  

80%  

81%  

82%  

78%  

73%  

83%  

78%  

13%  

13%  

14%  

12%  

11%  

11%  

13%  

17%  

21%  

10%  

16%  

7%  

7%  

5%  

8%  

9%  

8%  

6%  

5%  

6%  

7%  

6%  

51%  
29%  
6%  
7%  

51%  
29%  
6%  
7%  

50%  
31%  
4%  
10%  

52%  
29%  
8%  
4%  

52%  
28%  
5%  
6%  

42%  
39%  
4%  
6%  

53%  
29%  
5%  
7%  

50%  
28%  
10%  
8%  

49%  
24%  
7%  
14%  

53%  
30%  
5%  
5%  

48%  
29%  
8%  
9%  

                                     Totals  may  not  add  to  100%  due  to  rounding  

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Q.      
 

Now  I  would  like  to  read  you  some  statements  about  ridesharing  services  like  Uber.  For  each,  please  tell  me  whether  you  
agree  or  disagree  with  the  statement.    Ready.  
[Insert  STATEMENT]  Would  you  say  you  agree  or  disagree  with  this  statement?        
[IF  AGREE  ASK:    Do  you  strongly  agree  or  somewhat  agree?]  
[IF  DISAGREE  ASK:    Do  you  strongly  disagree  or  somewhat  disagree?]  
 

Total  
Agree  

Total  
Disagree  

Agree  
Disagree  
Strongly   Somewhat   Somewhat   Strongly  

 
DK  

• Ridesharing  services  like  Uber  can  be  useful  for  New  
Yorkers  in  areas  with  limited  or  no  public  transit  
• Ridesharing  services  like  Uber  can  be  a  good  
alternative  for  seniors  who  have  difficulty  driving  
• New  York  State  needs  more  high-­‐tech,  innovative  
st
businesses  in  order  to  keep  up  in  the  21  century  
economy  
• Ridesharing  services  like  Uber  can  help  expand  
transportation  options  for  New  Yorkers  
• Ridesharing  services  like  Uber  can  help  make  roads  
safer  by  cutting  down  on  drunk  driving  
• Ridesharing  services  like  Uber  can  provide  good,  
flexible  economic  opportunities  for  New  Yorkers  
• Ridesharing  services  like  Uber  can  stimulate  local  
economies  in  New  York  State  by  making  businesses,  
services,  and  commercial  areas  more  accessible  
• Ridesharing  services  like  Uber  can  provide  good,  
flexible  economic  opportunities  in  my  community  
• Ridesharing  services  like  Uber  should  be  a  part  of  
New  York  State’s  effort  to  attract  high-­‐tech  and  new  
economy  businesses  to  the  state  

91%  

6%  

69%  

23%  

3%  

4%  

3%  

90%  

8%  

66%  

24%  

3%  

4%  

3%  

89%  

7%  

65%  

24%  

4%  

3%  

4%  

89%  

8%  

59%  

29%  

4%  

4%  

3%  

85%  

11%  

64%  

21%  

6%  

5%  

4%  

84%  

12%  

50%  

35%  

7%  

5%  

4%  

80%  

15%  

44%  

36%  

10%  

5%  

5%  

78%  

16%  

43%  

36%  

9%  

6%  

6%  

71%  

21%  

39%  

32%  

12%  

9%  

8%  

               Totals  may  not  add  to  100%  due  to  rounding  

 
Q.                        Recently  New  York  State  passed  a  law  that  made  it  more  difficult  for  airbnb,  the  online  home  sharing  marketplace,  to  do    
business  in  New  York.      The  State  Legislature  also  failed  to  act  on  a  proposal  to  give  Uber  and  other  ridesharing  services  
permission  to  operate  statewide  throughout  New  York.  Currently  these  services  only  operate  in  New  York  City.  Do  you  
think  state  government  should  continue  to  restrict  these  new  technology-­‐based  consumer  services  or  should  the  
government  be  more  supportive  of  bringing  these  new  businesses  to  the  entire  State?  
 

 

Continue  to  restrict  
More  supportive    
Don’t  Know/Not  Sure  

Party  

Region  

Community  Type  

 
Total  

Dem  

Rep  

Ind/  
Other  

13%  

16%  

11%  

13%  

15%  

9%  

     13%  

   14%  

12%  

13%  

15%  

80%  

78%  

83%  

79%  

78%  

82%  

   79%  

   82%  

83%  

80%  

78%  

   7%  

   6%  

   6%  

   8%  

   7%  

   9%  

     7%  

     4%  

   5%  

   6%  

   8%  

Long   West/Rock        Central/   Western   Urban   Suburb  
Island    Putnam   East  NY  
NY  

Rural  

                                     Totals  may  not  add  to  100%  due  to  rounding  

 

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Now,  last  a  few  questions  for  statistical  purposes  only:  
     

Q.        What  is  your  age?    [DO  NOT  READ  CATEGORIES]  
             18-­‐29  
15%  
         30-­‐39    
14%  
             40-­‐54  
29%  
         55-­‐64  
18%  
         65+  
25%  
 
 
Q.        Are  you  or  any  person  in  your  family  a  member  of  a  labor  union?  
Yes,  person  on  phone  
15%  
Yes,  family  member  
12%  
No  
73%  
                   Don’t  Know/Not  Sure      
   1%  
Q.      When  it  comes  to  politics,  would  you  say  that  you  are  liberal,  moderate  or  conservative?        
[If  Liberal  ask:    Would  you  say  you  are  very  liberal  or  somewhat  liberal?]  
[If  Conservative  ask:    Would  you  say  you  are  very  conservative  or  somewhat  conservative?]  
 
Total  Liberal
27%  
     Very  Liberal
12%  
     Somewhat  Liberal
14%  
Moderate
34%  
Total  Conservative
36%  
     Very  Conservative
22%  
     Somewhat  Conservative
14%  
Don’t  Know/Not  sure  
3%  
 
Q.      Would  you  describe  the  area  where  you  live  as  urban,  suburban  or  rural?  
Urban  
12%  
Suburban  
58%  
Rural  
29%  
   Don’t  Know/Not  Sure      
   1%  
 
Q.   What  is  the  last  grade  of  school  you  completed?    [DO  NOT  READ  LIST]  
Did  not  finish  high  school  
   1%  
High  school  graduate  
15%  
Some  college  
13%  
Graduated  two-­‐year  college    
13%  
Graduated  four-­‐year  college  
29%  
Post  graduate  work,  no  degree  
   3%  
Post  graduate  degree  
24%  
Don’t  Know/Not  Sure      
   1%  
Q.        Do  you  consider  yourself  Hispanic  or  Latino?    That  is,  from  a  Spanish  speaking  country,  or  the  descendent  of  someone  from    
a  Spanish  speaking  country?    
Yes  [SKIP  TO  D9]  
   6%  
No  
94%  
 
Q.      What  is  your  race:    white,  black,  or  Asian?    
White/Caucasian  
85%  
Black/African  American  
   7%  
Asian-­‐American  
   2%  
             Hispanic  [NET  Q7+Q8]                                                                              6%  

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Q.        Am  I  speaking  to  you  on  a  cell  phone  or  a  landline  phone?  
Cell  phone  
41%
Landline  phone  
59%
 
     Q.      Which  bests  describes  your  personal  phone  usage,  do  you  [READ  LIST]:  
Mostly  use  a  cell  phone  
41%  
Regularly  use  both  a  cell  phone  and  a  landline  phone  
37%  
Mostly  use  a  landline  phone  
22%  
 
 
Region  [From  County  sample]  
Long  Island  
28%  
Westchester/Rockland/Putnam  
12%  
Central/Eastern  Upstate  NY  
37%  
Western  NY  
23%  
 
 
Note:  Portions  of  this  study  are  similar  to  questions  previously  tested  in  a  poll  sponsored  by  Uber  conducted  on  April  20  –  24,  
2016  

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