On behalf of RxHOME, Change Research surveyed 1,021 likely 2021 mayoral election voters in New York City from December 11-15, 2020. Below are the key findings:
- 90% of likely 2021 voters say NYC is heading in the wrong direction when it comes to homelessness, more than any other issue tested in this survey.
- 98% of respondents believe the issue of homelessness is a serious problem in NYC.
- 81% give NYC a failing grade in helping New Yorkers experiencing homelessness find a place to sleep at night and 89% say they are failing to help New Yorkers experiencing homelessness find permanent homes.
- 50% of voters say they or a close contact has experienced homelessness and 25% have personally been at risk of experiencing homelessness at one point.
- Despite these personal connections, majorities of voters are misinformed about the homeless population in NYC -- who it includes, its size, and the contributing factors.
- 86% of voters say addressing homelessness should be a top or very important priority for the next mayor and 81% would be more likely to support a candidate who makes homelessness a top priority.
- 90% of voters support increased investment in programs to reduce and prevent homelessness, even when funding is reallocated from shelters. Voters prioritize proactive prevention programs and supportive housing programs for those who have experienced homelessness.
- The best reasons for prevention and reduction policies focus on the number of children experiencing homelessness, the fact that NYC is responsible for 1-in-4 of the nation’s families experiencing homelessness, and the urgent need to act to prevent a long-term surge due to the economic impact of COVID-19.