The Real Story About Bill de Blasio’s “Huge Lead” is Uninformed Minority Voters

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


The media has selected Bill de Blasio to be the next Mayor of New York. And it’s become standard for local coverage to simply ignore Republican opponents even in big elections.

I doubt there is one in 100 New Yorkers who could tell you right now who ran against Andrew Cuomo for Governor. If they can, their memory of him will be limited to the gay jokes that the media kept making about him.

That’s it.

There are 500 media stories about Bill de Blasio’s huge lead. The lead is simply the product of non-stop media coverage of him. When the media mentions Joe Lhota, it’s to slam him for something.

The same polls that the media quotes bear this out.

The New York Times/Siena College Poll for October 21-26 shows that while only 9 percent of white voters feel they haven’t heard enough about Bill de Blasio, 20 percent haven’t heard enough about Joe Lhota. Among Black and Hispanic voters, those numbers rise to 38 and 35 percent.

There’s something very wrong when a third of minority voters don’t know much of anything about a candidate in a mayoral election not long before it wraps up.

Bill de Blasio’s huge lead is largely that of minority voters. De Blasio is at 55 percent among white voters, but at 90 percent among black voters and at 76 percent among Hispanic voters.

The huge lead is really a lead of uninformed minority voters swayed by class warfare and racial appeals and a media blockade on any negative coverage of Bill de Blasio or positive coverage of his opponent.

Bill de Blasio does best in the Bronx with 76 percent of the vote. That’s appropriate because his policies will turn all of New York City into the Bronx.

  • A Z

    I could not remember who ran against Cuomo. Obama did ask sitting black Governor Patterson to not run for election. Holding onto power is more important than race. So if worse comes to worse, Democrat politicians will jettison their base in order to survive in power, The voters might want to take note of it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_gubernatorial_election,_2010

  • physicsnut

    Glad I don’t live in NYC any more.
    Which will be worse – another storm, or DeBlabbio ? time will tell.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Hurricane De Blasio

    • NAHALKIDES

      DeBlabbio. No storm could have done the damage to Detroit that a half-century and more of Democratic rule did.

  • ricpic

    The only hope for Lhota would have been running a campaign in which every statement he made was “sensational” and “controversial.” I put scare quotes around those two terms because that’s the way any unabashedly honest statement Lhota might make about DeBlasio would be reported. Nevertheless, were Lhota insistent enough and “inflammatory” enough (again, read honest for inflammatory) about the horror DeBlasio will visit upon New York he COULD NOT BE IGNORED. He simply doesn’t have the temperament to run that sort of campaign.

  • Seek

    Remember, blacks comprise about 25 percent of New York City’s total population. Even with a low voter turnout, theire preference would dictate the result, barring a huge groundswell of white support for the opposition.

    Blacks are the ultimate “low information” voters. They rarely read, and they respond favorably to any candidate who stokes the flames of their collective sense of grievance. Which, believe me, isn’t that hard to do.

    • Kainne

      There you go again talking abour mama

    • Flames Burning

      So, was adding the little part about AFRICAN AMERICANS (Not ‘Blacks’) really necessary? Or was it just some silly side comment that you thought up last second to try and make a whole population seem illiterate? I fathom that you sir are indeed a true trash bin for speaking about the African American Race in such a derogatory manner. Shame on you.

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    Never underestimate the power of demography on the leftist playbook. See http://clarespark.com/2011/03/26/race-class-and-gender/. “‘Race,’ class, and gender” as taught at UCLA Department of History in graduate school. Class disappeared into the mist, while “race” became the division that really mattered.