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February 12, 2019 10:30 am
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Long Island City is the Queens neighborhood where Amazon plans to build the campus.
Long Island City is the Queens neighborhood where Amazon plans to build the campus. Photo: Peter Foley for The Wall Street Journal

Despite vocal opposition by some legislators, a majority of voters in both New York City and the state support the deal to bring Amazon.com Inc. to Queens, a poll released Tuesday shows.

The Siena Research Institute found 56% of voters around the state support the project, which Amazon says will create 25,000 jobs. Siena poll director Don Levy said the project had majority support in almost every category. Among city residents polled by the upstate college, 58% supported the project and 35% were opposed when told of both the promised jobs and incentives.

“Upstate voters are evenly divided but suburban voters strongly approve and in New York City, where some local activists have voiced opposition, voters approve of the deal by 23 points,” Dr. Levy said in a press release.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio offered up to $3 billion in tax incentives to the tech company, and say its new campus will diversify the economy and generate $27 billion of new government revenue over 25 years.

“This was the grand prize from an economic development point of view,” Mr. Cuomo said Monday during a press conference.

Opponents of the deal include the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union—which is trying to unionize employees at an Amazon warehouse on Staten island—as well as progressive groups, including the Democratic Socialists of America. Democratic politicians, including U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and state Sen. Mike Gianaris, also oppose the deal. Mr. Gianaris represents Long Island City, the Queens neighborhood where Amazon plans to build the campus.

The poll was released after The Wall Street Journal and other outlets reported Friday that company executives are reconsidering their plans to come to New York in light of the opposition. Last week, Mr. Gianaris was nominated to sit on a state board where he could veto the deal.

Mr. Gianaris has said the current deal with Amazon should be thrown out, and has attended several rallies and demonstrations against the project. On Monday, supporters of the project led by Bishop Mitchell Taylor held a press conference in Queens to describe its benefits.

Mr. Taylor sits on a group convened by Amazon to discuss benefits of the project.

The poll of 778 registered voters was conducted from Feb. 4 to 7 and has a 4.3% margin of error.

Write to Jimmy Vielkind at Jimmy.Vielkind@wsj.com


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