Stuck: Low-Income New Yorkers Don't See Themselves Moving Up and Support Policies to Drive Economic Mobility
Nancy Rankin, Apurva Mehrotra
Summary: The vast majority of New Yorkers – nearly six out of ten city residents – say they feel “stuck” economically. As the 2015 legislative session draws to a close, New Yorkers think measures yet to be acted on could get them moving up again. When asked about strategies to help struggling New Yorkers, a majority of city residents said increasing the minimum wage and access to college by making it more affordable would most help low-income New Yorkers get ahead. In addition, they express strong support for paid family leave, strengthening rent regulation, and steps to expand affordable housing – all still among the unfinished business in Albany. These are among the findings of the latest Unheard Third poll, the Community Service Society’s annual survey of low-income New Yorkers, and the only public opinion poll in the nation that regularly tracks the concerns and hardships of New York City’s low-income residents.