Profiling the Positions
What Makes a Difference?
Attitude MattersProponents of government consolidation are more likely to believe there are too many local governments in New York State than are opponents. 65% of people who favor consolidation think there are too many local government entities.
In contrast, the majority of people who are against consolidation, 52%, feel the number of local governments in the state is on track.
Although proponents and opponents are both confident in their local leaders, those who are against government consolidation are more likely than supporters to be so.
Is it Worth It?
Most supporters of government consolidation believe it will result in reduced costs for local government services, 67%, and increased efficiency, 65%.
Most opponents do not share this view. Only 33% of people who are against government consolidation think it will reduce costs and just 26% think it will improve efficiency.
But, the views of opponents do not coalesce around the disadvantages of government consolidation. Rather, they divide between thinking consolidation will cost more or be less efficient and not being sure what the results of consolidation will be.