Poll: 67 percent of NYers love their sparklers

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A recent poll from Siena College showed 67 percent of New York voters support a bill that would legalize the sale of sparklers in the weeks leading up to July 4 and New Year’s Day, according to the United States Fireworks Safety Commission.

The state Legislature passed the measure in June during the last week of the legislative session, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced with signing or vetoing it once it is formally sent to his desk. He vetoed a broader bill last year, but it has since been amended to exempt New York City and to limit sparkler sales only to the two holidays.

Support for the bill is particularly strong upstate, where 76 percent of voters support it, according to the poll.

“Two-thirds of New Yorkers, including majorities of virtually every demographic group, support permitting the sale of sparklers on July 4th and New Year’s,” Don Levy, director of the Siena Research Institute, said in a statement. “While twenty-nine percent remain concerned that they are dangerous, most New Yorkers see them as safe and want to make the handheld fireworks part of holiday celebrations.”

The question was included as part of Siena’s most-recent statewide poll. The United State Fireworks Safety Commission paid a fee to have the question included, though the wording of the question (below) appears fair. In all, 814 New York voters were polled with a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.

The bill was sponsored by a pair of lawmakers who represent portions of the Rochester area: Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R-Fayette, Seneca County, and Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, Monroe County.

Here’s the crosstabs:

Siena Sparkler Bill Cross Tabs

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