HUNTINGTON - A News 12 Long Island/Hofstra University poll has found that despite high taxes and not much affordable housing, 79 percent of local residents plan to stay on Long Island for the next five years.

According to the poll, the groups that make up the 17 percent of residents who are considering leaving are college graduates, women, people younger than 30 with household income between $60,000 - $90,000, and political independents. Four percent were undecided.

Jean-Marie Smith, of Action Long Island, says the poll shows it's important to focus on keeping young adults on the Island.

"This is what we know - why try and make us leave? Why wouldn't you do everything in your power to keep us here?" she says.

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