New York City's Indepublican Mayor

I've been looking through exit poll data in Virginia, New Jersey and New York City. A couple of questions struck me in the Big ...
by | November 5, 2009

I've been looking through exit poll data in Virginia, New Jersey and New York City. A couple of questions struck me in the Big Apple.

First, understandably, no one knows how to describe Mayor Michael Bloomberg's party affiliation. Thirty-four percent said independent, 31% said Republican, 12% said Democrat and 19% said other. I'd like to think that 19% has joined me in describing Bloomberg, who ran on the Republican and Independence Party lines, as a Indepublican (I've decided that has a better ring than "Rependent").

Secondly, it's rare that you can say that voters answered an exit poll question incorrectly. However, 45% of voters said Bloomberg's decision to change mayoral term limits made them less likely to vote for him. Forty percent, including many Bloomberg supporters, said the decision had no effect on their votes.

That's simply wrong. If Bloomberg hadn't changed the term limits law, he wouldn't have been on the ballot, so they definitely wouldn't have voted for him.

On a more serious note, Bloomberg did have a 70% approval rating in the exit poll. So, his weak showing shouldn't be read as to strong of a renunciation of the mayor.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman  |  Former Staff Writer
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