Sandy Data: Post-Storm Poll Released

The massive storm that hit the U.S. East Coast was a devastating event, particularly for those in the New York and New Jersey areas. Many of our research and marketing colleagues are based in that area, and I have heard from many about the challenges this act of nature has posed. Please consider donating to the American Red Cross through its special iTunes Sandy relief donation page or one of many other charities that are helping with the recovery efforts.

Since we are a site about data, research and marketing, we naturally are interested in public opinion on the storm. We are aware of one poll post-storm which does not focus on the political aspects of the storm (job approval for politicians). On Wednesday YouGov and the Huffington Post released a brief omnibus survey of Americans conducted just after the storm.

Here are some of the key findings:

Sixty-four percent prefer that the federal government provide disaster assistance, while 19% feel such assistance should be left to the states, and 17% are not sure. About a third each think Sandy is related to global warming (32%), is not related (34%) or are not sure (34%). Interestingly, over half (51%) feel changes in global climate “are related to more frequent and severe natural disasters.”

Whatever our divided opinions are on these issues related to the storm, I have no doubt we are united in our support for those in Sandy’s destructive path.

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