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Survey Data at a Glance

NYC Speaks Survey Findings at a Glance

Here’s what we learned from New Yorkers about where they most want to see this administration take action:


  • Across all income levels and races, New Yorkers named housing as their first priority for creating safe neighborhoods, with the exception of AAPI respondents earning under $35K/year ranking “more police presence” first and housing second.
  • New Yorkers continue to prioritize housing as an issue overall, emphasizing a need to preserve affordability while making housing safer.
  • Housing resources were cited as a top choice for content in a centralized app and website of City services.


  • Adult respondents supported a multi-faceted approach to public safety.
  • After housing, adults earning less than $35K/year emphasized a need for more police while those earning over $35K/year prioritized mental health and first responders. 
  • Increased police presence is a top priority for middle-aged New Yorkers and homeowners. 
  • Youth respondents placed greater emphasis on public design and improving police-community relations, over increased police presence. 
  • Black respondents earning under $35K/year cited access to economic opportunity as a top priority for neighborhood safety. 


  • More than affordable fares or shorter wait times for public transit, New Yorkers across all races and ethnicities want the City to help them feel safer while riding public transit. 
  • Safety and maintenance were top priorities for all respondents, while non-white and Hispanic respondents prioritized less expensive fares over shorter wait times. 
  • Nearly one third of female respondents and older demographics expressed wanting to feel safer when riding or walking to/from public transit. 
  • Black + Hispanic New Yorkers emphasized investments in vehicular infrastructure over public transit. 
  • Investment in public mobility infrastructure was prioritized among those earning over $50K/year.
  • Youth respondents across race and ethnicity groups want to see closer access to public transit from their homes, particularly among AAPI. 

Public Infrastructure

  • Adults in the outer boroughs most want to see affordable recreation centers while youth across the city most want to see affordable, high-speed internet access regarding neighborhood public infrastructure investments. 
  • Making libraries/schools accessible for community use was increasingly prioritized among elderly age groups and those earning under $35K/year. 
  • Households earning less than $35K/year were most likely to prioritize citywide benefits over that of individual neighborhoods.

Mental Health & Health Care

  • More than 1-in-5 New Yorkers prioritize providing mental health professionals and social workers in every school.
  • Youth respondents also supported more resources for victims of domestic violence and those suffering from addiction and support services. 
  • A majority of respondents support a public option for child and elder care across race and ethnicity groups. 


  • New Yorkers prioritized diverse staff, funding for programs serving disadvantaged students and mental health services as key investments in our public education system. 
  • NYC youth would like to see more support services available and more voice in decision-making. 
  • Respondents prioritized equitable resource distribution and representation among staff as ways to improve learning outcomes for students of color. 

Food Access

  • New Yorkers want to see greater access to fresh foods at home and school, with expansion of government nutrition programs like SNAP.
  • Respondents indicated a leading factor in building healthier communities is increasing access to healthy and affordable foods.
  • NYC youth prioritized access to healthy foods and recreation, particularly affordable hot food and healthy food in schools. 


  • Following historic flooding after Hurricane Ida, New Yorkers expressed support for investment in flood protection for homes. 
  • Respondents also favored making energy upgrades to public/affordable housing and expanding programs to make energy upgrades more affordable for low-income homeowners. 
  • Youth prioritized helping communities buy their own energy-efficient systems and technology as a way of ensuring environmental justice. 

Economic Mobility / Job Access

  • New Yorkers cited affordable education, workforce training and free childcare as top priorities for economic mobility. 
  • NYC youth support a multi-faceted approach to ensuring every New Yorker can find a job that pays well, with an emphasis on education and training. 
  • Adult respondents favored expanding minimum wage and paid leave benefits to more freelance / gig workers. 
  • Adult respondents prioritized expanding legal services for immigrant communities while youth respondents favored expanding sanctuary protections and language resources. 
  • All income, age, race and ethnicity groups ranked employment opportunities as the primary way the City can support formerly incarcerated individuals. 

Racial Justice

  • New Yorkers support an approach to equity and racial justice that spans interventions of institutional reform, financial investment and education. 
  • More than half agreed NYC should provide reparations. 83% of Black respondents were in favor vs. roughly one third of AAPI respondents. 

Civic Engagement

  • Adult respondents showed a preference for a varied approach to civic engagement centered around transparency, accountability and community-led planning. 
  • New Yorkers favor investments that support small businesses and prioritize community voice in approving/incentivizing large new development projects.

NYC Speaks Data Dashboard

Full results of the survey are available on the NYC Speaks Dashboard at, where data points can be viewed by income, race, gender, geography, and more. 

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