NEW YORK — The vast majority of New Yorkers say they’re comfortable going back to work in an indoor setting. But that doesn’t mean they want to.

What You Need To Know

  • 68% of employed New Yorkers would be comfortable working in an indoor setting once restrictions are lifted

  • 27% say they’d like to work all or mostly at the workplace

  • 26% would rather work all or mostly at home

  • 25% would like an even split


According to our latest Spectrum News NY1/Ipsos poll, 68% of employed New Yorkers would be comfortable working in an office or other indoor setting once pandemic restrictions are lifted.

But they’re far more evenly split on whether they’d rather work from home. Asked about the right mix of home versus workplace, 27% said they’d prefer working “all” or “mostly” at their workplace.

Nearly the same number, 26%, would prefer working all or mostly at home. And 25% would like an even split.

Another 21% said they didn’t know, or the question was not applicable.

“Ultimately, as we look to the future of the workplace post-COVID, there’s going to be a lot of flexibility that’s required of both employers and employees, because there’s no real consensus right now,” said Mallory Newall, research director at Ipsos.

The NY1/Ipsos poll has a credibility interval of +/- 2.4 percentage points. The credibility interval is +/- 4.5 percentage points for likely Democratic voters.


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