RALEIGH – A huge majority of Triangle residents participating in a new online poll want either Amazon HQ2 or Apple to come to the area even though numerous participants are concerned about the impact on housing, traffic and taxes. But a vocal minority is worried.
“God help us if Amazon moves here,” one reader wrote.
“Get ready for higher taxes, worse traffic, more expensive everything, and a generally declining quality of life.
“Please, please, don’t choose Raleigh.”
Such views represent a small minority, however.
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A whopping 84 percent want either Apple or Amazon or both to come to the region.
Of those, 49 percent declare they want both.
Only 16 percent said they wanted neither.
Nearly 3,000 people have signed on to offer their thoughts on the big projects when WRAL TechWire launched the poll two days ago. And many have not been reluctant to share their thoughts about what it would mean if HQ2 with 50,000 jobs comes to Raleigh or Apple makes the expected decision that it will add several thousand jobs and build a new campus in RTP.
This new poll reflects a trend clearly established in an earlier and continuing readers’ poll about the Amazon HQ2 project has drawn nearly 30,000 participants with a big majority favoring HQ2 coming to the Triangle.
Among those wanting both is Fran Bishop of Wake Forest who was very excited to talk about the projects.
While some respondents are worried about the changes the projects would bring, Bishop stressed the positive.