Life after Sandy: Long Island’s opinions on the storm’s aftermath

Five years after Superstorm Sandy, most Long Islanders don’t think the possibility of a similar storm makes the Island a less desirable place to live, according to a Newsday/Siena Poll. The survey, which has a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percent, also found that many support allocating government resources to help rebuild storm-damaged homes or businesses, and that many agree that climate change makes it more likely that the Island will see similar storms in the near future. Here are the details on three questions from the poll. Click on the buttons for breakdowns, and click here for more about the poll.

Now five years after Sandy hit Long Island, do you think the possibility of a similar storm hitting the island has made Long Island a less desirable place to live or has the possibility of a storm like Sandy not had any effect on Long Island´s desirability as a place to live?

The detailed breakdown: Here are all the results by category on the desirability question.

Less desirableNo effectDon’t know/No opinion
TOTAL22%75%3%
  Nassau22%74%3%
  Suffolk21%76%3%
GENDER   
  Male21%76%2%
  Female22%75%4%
AGE   
  18-3428%69%3%
  35-5421%78%1%
  55+19%77%4%
PARTY   
  Democrat28%67%5%
  Republican18%80%2%
  Independent/ Other17%82%1%
POLITICS   
  Liberal33%65%3%
  Moderate21%77%2%
  Conservative16%81%2%
ETHNICITY   
  White21%77%2%
  Black34%62%4%
  Latino26%72%3%
EDUCATION   
  No college25%71%4%
  College degree19%78%3%
RELIGION   
  Catholic19%79%3%
  Jewish19%79%2%
  Protestant16%76%7%
  Other32%66%2%
INCOME   
  <$50K35%62%4%
  $50K-$100K20%78%3%
  $100K+20%78%2%

Do you support or oppose the allocation of government resources to help rebuild homes and businesses in coastal areas that tend to suffer damage from storm surge and other flooding?

The detailed breakdown: Here are all the results by category on the goverment payment question. (“Don’t know/No opinion” answers not listed.)

Strongly supportSomewhat supportSomewhat opposeStrongly oppose
TOTAL37%37%14%9%
  Nassau41%38%11%7%
  Suffolk34%35%17%11%
GENDER    
  Male37%35%14%12%
  Female37%39%14%7%
AGE    
  18-3446%43%7%3%
  35-5441%33%14%10%
  55+32%36%18%11%
PARTY    
  Democrat44%37%12%5%
  Republican31%37%17%12%
  Independent/ Other34%37%14%12%
POLITICS    
  Liberal46%35%12%3%
  Moderate36%38%16%7%
  Conservative32%35%15%16%
ETHNICITY    
  White33%39%15%9%
  Black49%38%5%5%
  Latino41%33%13%10%
EDUCATION    
  No college40%36%12%9%
  College degree35%38%16%9%
RELIGION    
  Catholic33%38%16%9%
  Jewish40%42%9%6%
  Protestant35%36%17%8%
  Other44%33%11%10%
INCOME    
  <$50K41%29%17%9%
  $50K-$100K40%35%13%8%
  $100K+35%40%14%10%

To what extent do you agree or disagree that climate change, or what some call global warming, makes it more likely that Long Island will experience another storm like Superstorm Sandy in the near future?

The detailed breakdown: Here are all the results by category on the climate-change question. (“Don’t know/No opinion” answers not listed.)

Strongly agreeSomewhat agreeSomewhat disagreeStrongly disagree
TOTAL45%29%13%10%
  Nassau43%32%12%9%
  Suffolk46%26%13%12%
GENDER    
  Male44%25%16%13%
  Female45%33%9%8%
AGE    
  18-3452%29%11%6%
  35-5444%28%14%12%
  55+42%29%13%10%
PARTY    
  Democrat61%31%5%1%
  Republican27%27%22%20%
  Independent/ Other42%29%13%13%
POLITICS    
  Liberal70%25%3%1%
  Moderate46%32%12%6%
  Conservative26%28%20%22%
ETHNICITY    
  White42%29%14%11%
  Black55%31%7%3%
  Latino55%29%9%6%
EDUCATION    
  No college44%29%13%10%
  College degree46%29%12%10%
RELIGION    
  Catholic36%29%17%14%
  Jewish52%35%6%4%
  Protestant42%33%13%8%
  Other62%21%6%8%
INCOME    
  <$50K42%33%12%6%
  $50K-$100K47%26%11%11%
  $100K+46%29%14%10%

Interactive charts via amCharts.com; tables via Tableizer.com

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