Split Over Bloomberg
From The World Journal
November 17, 2003
A latest opinion poll showed Asian American voters
are divided in their views of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s performance:
25 percent of them said he did a good job; 24 percent said his
work was not satisfactory; 45 percent did not say either way.
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) surveyed
about 1,000 voters at eight polling places in primarily Chinese
communities after the Nov. 4 election. New York City’s mainstream
media conducted several opinion polls when Mayor Bloomberg proposed
controversial policies such as the smoking ban and the budget cut,
but none of those polls reflected the views of Asian voters, said
AALDEF Director Margaret Fung.
AALDEF did a similar survey when
former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani was seeking re-election, during
which Asian voters showed overwhelming
fondness of Giuliani.
The survey after Nov. 4 also showed that 31
percent of the voters did not vote on the most controversial ballot
Question 3. In other
words, only two thirds cast ballot on the nonpartisan election
referendum, and the result was divided: 52 percent voted against
it; 48 percent voted for it.
Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to
eliminate partisan primaries in New York City has triggered great
controversy. Supporters said
the measure will help break down partisan barriers and increase
the chance of talented people being elected. Opponents said without
partisan primaries and support, the poor do not get involved in
the campaign, while the rich have a better chance of winning.
said the apathy of Asian voters to the referendum was not unique,
and that many New York voters did not cast ballot on the
question. She said this showed referendum might not be appropriate
for getting the measure passed, and that voters need to be more
informed of the measure and its implications on the city’s
politics. Many Manhattan voters, including those in Chinatown,
received glossy fliers before the election, urging them to vote
for the measure. The fliers included pictures of people from different
communities, including Margaret Chin, a former City Council candidate.
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Translated from Chinese by Shasha Dai