NYers Not Sold on Notion That Livable Streets Are Wrecking Economy
Here’s a chart breaking down New York Times exit poll results from the mayoral election.
What sticks out to us is not so much that 3 percent of voters rated transportation as the "one issue" that mattered most to them, since many who participated could care a great deal about transportation and you wouldn’t know it. Notice instead how Bloomberg dominated the issue of economy and jobs, even in this terrible downturn, despite Thompson’s attempts to portray livable streets improvements as assaults on small businesses.
Obviously, despite the low level of interest indicated here, transportation matters. Otherwise pols wouldn’t drone on about the MTA ad nauseam. But what do these numbers tell you?