Professor John Mollenkopf
On the 1993 Term Limits Referendum
We asked primo demographer and CUNY Professor, John Mollenkopf, to weigh in on what the base of support for the term limits referendum looked like in 1993.
Here's what he had to say:
In 1993, 1.8 million votes were cast in the mayoral election, but only 728,000 votes were cast on the term limits item. This type of fall off often happens with down-ballot matters.
It [the map showing support for the initiative in 1993] does not seem to show any really consistent racial and ethnic patterns, except that Orthodox Jewish and white Catholic areas were generally least supportive, with results in black areas being mixed, and white liberal and Latino areas generally favorable.
Click on the image (provided to us by Professor Mollenkopf) to enlarge, and see for yourself!