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Long Islanders: Who Are We?

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This survey, commissioned by the Rauch Foundation, was a first step in understanding what Long Islanders think about the region and its place in the New York metro area. The poll explores the perceptions of residents about Long Island’s identity, quality of life, environment, transportation, public services and social capital. The survey results show that Long Islanders have a more cohesive identity than has been realized, while remaining strongly attached to their local communities and institutions. The findings also indicate that most Long Islanders enjoy a high quality of life and have good public services, but this is not the case for all. The results point to a clear set of concerns that are specific to the Island, including over development and automobile use.


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