Most New York State residents still plan on voting in person on Election Day, despite a push for mail-in balloting amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new Siena College poll released Friday.
The poll results come amid a problem-plagued rollout of mail-in ballots in New York City and on Long Island, leading Brooklyn state Sen. Zellnor Myrie to plead with New Yorkers to vote in person unless it’s absolutely necessary they stay home.
Fifty-four percent of the 504 likely-voter New Yorkers surveyed between Sept. 27 and 29 indicated that they plan to do just that, personally heading to the polls on Nov. 3.
Another 17 percent of respondents said that they plan on casting a ballot in person, but beating the crowds by taking advantage of early voting.
The third most popular option was voting by mail, which 16 percent of New Yorkers said they would use.
The remaining 13 percent were either undecided or declined to answer.
The poll found a sharp division along party lines, with 72 percent of self-identified Republican respondents tapping in-person voting on Nov. 3 as their choice, compared to just 42 percent of Democrats.
But Democrats still strongly prefer casting their ballots in person.
Twenty-two percent of Democrats indicated they would vote in person during early voting.
Just 19 percent of Democrats opted for mail-in balloting, to go with 11 percent of Republican respondents.
Author : Bernadette Hogan, Aaron Feis