Local voters support Amazon’s decision to build HQ2 here

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Unlike New York City, where protests resulted in Amazon nixing its plans to build part of its HQ2 project there, D.C.-area voters are solidly on board with Amazon’s selection of National Landing in Crystal City. That’s according to new polling data collected by Brightline Strategies for the Greater Washington Partnership.

“This data puts numbers behind what we’ve been hearing across the region for months—people in the Capital Region are excited that Amazon is coming here and recognize the opportunity to drive growth, create new jobs, and diversify our regional economy,” said Jason Miller, CEO of the Greater Washington Partnership. “As a growing employer, Amazon can help transform our region and achieve the potential we’ve left unseized for far too long.”

“We have the tech talent, we have the digital infrastructure, and we have world-class universities and cutting-edge businesses. Now, we have Amazon,” said Russ Ramsey, Chair of the Greater Washington Partnership. “Amazon coming to National Landing changes the way people think about the Capital Region. This cements us as one of the country’s premier tech hubs.”

76 percent approve

The poll, which surveyed registered voters throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, found that more than three-quarters (76 percent) of respondents agree that Amazon’s decision to locate its new headquarters in Northern Virginia is a win for the entire Capital Region.

Five times more respondents support Amazon’s decision to locate at National Landing compared to those that oppose, with 65 percent of respondents across the Capital Region supporting Amazon’s decision compared to 12 percent opposed.

Within Arlington County, that support is even higher at 74 percent of respondents compared to only 12 percent opposed.

Voters support Amazon’s decision because of the positive impacts it could have on the Capital Region: 83 percent of respondents say they are more likely to support the move based on the potential to create new jobs, and 75 percent say they are more likely to support the move based on overall “regional growth.”

The survey consisted of phone interviews with 565 registered voters in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia between February 28 and March 12, 2019, including a sub-sample of 155 voters in Arlington County. The overall margin of error associated with a sample of this type is ±4.1% in 95 out of 100 cases.

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