Archive for February 22nd, 2005

22nd February

First Published in The New York Sun, February 22, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

Nobody should take too much from the New York Times poll released last week. The poll was designed more to probe the minds of New Yorkers than to simulate a real election. But there are nuggets of information to be mined.

The next mayor must clear two hurdles. The first is his or her own party primary in September, and then victory in the general election two months later. Since primary voters tend to be the most committed to their party and also tend to be the most extreme, it could well be the fringes that set the tone. Democratic primary voters are generally to the left of the party as a whole, and Republican primary voters are more right wing. (more…)