The latest business survey result, released on Thursday, showed that a large segment of its private-sector workforce is thinking of fleeing rather than returning to the office due to the surging crimes in New York City.
Based on the online poll made by Morning Consult among 9,386 employees, it was learned that 40 percent of employees who reside in Manhattan said they’re thinking of leaving, as did 48% — nearly half — of workers who live in the city’s other four boroughs.
The poll also showed that 74 percent of public transit commuters say that safety in the subway has worsened since the coronavirus pandemic two years ago.
The survey further showed that with regards to quality-of-life issues, 94% of employees said not enough is being done to address homelessness and mental illness.
Eighty-two percent of those surveyed also said that these problems have gotten worse.
Regarding crime, 85% of workers said not enough was being done to address assaults, 77% said not enough was being done to tackle gun violence, 57% said there’s too much shoplifting, while 46% said there’s a lack of enforcement on turnstile jumping.
Moreover, the poll also showed that 84% of respondents said the overall conditions in the city have gone to hell.
The survey of 9,386 employees took place between February 17 and March 11. It has a margin of error of plus or minus one percentage point.