A recent Siena poll found most residents across New York oppose the idea of splitting it into two separate states, which was officially brought forward earlier this year in a resolution sponsored by Assemb. Stephen Hawley (R-39).
His proposal measure would specifically separate NYC/Long Island, Westchester, and Rockland Counties as one state and the other 53 counties as another.
Although the bill was never likely to go far, a survey of voters may have sealed its failure after 66% of New Yorkers said they oppose the idea.
That figure includes two-thirds of downstate suburbanites, three quarters of New York City voters, and a clear majority of upstate residents.
Siena College Researchers also noted that opposition was present across party lines.
“It’s also opposed by more than three-quarters of Democrats, 56 percent of independents and half of Republicans,” said Siena College Pollster Steven Greenberg. “While some have talked about breaking New York into two states and there is a bill before the Legislature to do that, there is little support for such a move by any demographic group.”