Wednesday, December 07, 2005

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!



At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, under the old regime in the City Council you had conservative white politicians in charge, a few safe black ones along for the ride, and white liberal and Latino pols locked out. So it looks like people voted based on how much of a share the electeds they identify with got in the pre-term limits council.


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