A Siena College Research Institute poll released March 27 shows overwhelming support for ridesharing services in upstate New York.
The poll of 791 registered voters shows that 76 percent support ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft, which are currently allowed to operate only in New York City. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced support for expanding those services upstate. The move requires a change to state law by the Legislature.
The Siena poll shows that 16 percent of voters actively oppose ridesharing upstate. But the expansion of Uber and Lyft outside of the five boroughs gets the support of at least three-quarters of most voting blocks in New York State – Democrats, Republicans, independents, moderates, conservatives, union and non-union households, and most age groups and income brackets.
Eighty percent of upstate voters say they support the change.
“It’s hard to count how many times legislators have left the Capitol without delivering on ridesharing for Upstate New York,” said Josh Mohrer, general manager of Uber NY. “Poll after poll after poll show an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers are demanding better transportation options in their communities and it’s time for Albany to … pass a statewide framework for ridesharing immediately.”
The poll has a 3.9 percentage point margin of error.