May 18, 2024


Many Massachusetts residents agree: Housing is an issue within the commonwealth. However additionally they agreed on some measures to repair it.

On the Jefferson Park residences in Cambridge, the advanced has undergone demolition, and might be redeveloped below town’s reasonably priced housing legislation. David L Ryan/Boston Globe

Housing is a serious situation in Massachusetts, in keeping with a brand new ballot, and possibly a no brainer to anybody who has tried trying to find an reasonably priced house in the previous couple of years within the commonwealth. 

However what do residents suppose state lawmakers ought to do in regards to the rising drawback? The most recent UMass Amherst/WCVB ballot took a more in-depth take a look at not simply the issues that concern residents, however at which options might have sturdy assist.

Practically three quarters of the ballot’s 700 respondents both “strongly” supported or “considerably” supported each lease management and constructing extra low-income housing. 

“The primary takeaway is that residents are actually involved with the housing disaster as seen in a very powerful phrase cloud, and that almost all residents are supportive of insurance policies that present extra housing and decrease costs,” mentioned Tatishe Nteta, director of the UMass ballot. 

The ballot reported that 9% of respondents strongly opposed lease management, 7% considerably opposed it, and 13% answered neither. As for constructing extra low-income housing, 5% strongly opposed it, 7% considerably opposed it, and 17% neither supported nor opposed it. 

When requested if respondents supported extra low-income housing of their neighborhood, sturdy assist shot as much as 47%, in comparison with 43% for sturdy assist basically. However those that strongly opposed it of their neighborhood additionally went as much as 18%. 

Respondents additionally expressed extra assist than not for tax breaks that may assist builders flip empty industrial buildings into housing. 

The group that administered the ballot additionally identified excessive assist for the “proper to shelter” legislation — which requires the state to offer housing to sure homeless households — with a mixed 63% of respondents who both strongly supported it or considerably supported the legislation. 

That result’s even supposing extra respondents than not mentioned the migrant disaster was not being dealt with nicely in Massachusetts, in keeping with the ballot information launched Monday. 

When requested who they suppose is liable for the migrant disaster within the state, extra respondents blamed President Joe Biden, Republicans in Congress, and the state legislature. Solely 5% blamed Gov. Maura Healey, and 6% pointed fingers at Democrats within the U.S. Senate. 

One other drawback that respondents didn’t blame on Healey, whose approval score was 58%, was transit. A mixed 62% of respondents mentioned they thought present MBTA management was at fault, or they didn’t know who was at fault. Solely 7% blamed Healey, and a fair decrease 5% blamed Mayor Michelle Wu. 

Transit points have been one of many greatest issues among the many 700 respondents in Monday’s ballot outcomes. Damaged down additional, respondents who reside in Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bristol, Worcester, and Essex counties have been requested to price the efficiency of the MBTA, with 28% saying the standard was “truthful” and 24% calling it “poor.”

MBTA’s Inexperienced Line working alongside Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. – David L Ryan/Globe Workers

These are each slight will increase in comparison with the proportion of respondents who described the MBTA as truthful and poor in April 2023, the final time this ballot was carried out. 

Solely 4% described the MBTA service as “wonderful” and 14% mentioned it was “good.” When requested to explain the MBTA in a single phrase, the phrase used essentially the most was “unreliable.” 

Respondents have been additionally requested if they’ve considered leaving Massachusetts up to now 12 months, and 38% mentioned sure — just one% decrease than April’s outcome. The most typical states talked about as locations they’ve thought of transferring to have been Florida, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

Among the many causes individuals have thought of transferring have been the state’s liberal politics, the notion of extra alternatives elsewhere, the idea that the federal government is corrupt or overbearing, and the excessive value of residing.

The ballot was carried out by YouGov, an information and analytics group, who interviewed 788 individuals from Massachusetts. The pattern was decreased all the way down to 700 respondents, who have been interviewed from Oct. 13 to twenty. The UMass Amherst/WCVB ballot has a margin of error of 5.1%.