Bill De Blasio is stuck on 7.9 percent in the polls and Dina Ray, a burly executive at Macy’s, has never voted before.
But New Yorkers are casting record numbers of votes in the midterm elections. And everyone who showed up to the polls on Tuesday to weigh in on the mayoral campaign thought they had a say in who would be the city’s next mayor.
“I always vote. I don’t think anybody should be above me,” Ms. Ray said. “It’s a great thing.”
De Blasio hasn’t performed well, mostly because his race has been dominated by marijuana, nightmarish traffic, the problem with de Blasio’s stoop and gang gangs, as well as his attempts to negotiate with the city’s angry immigrants.
The statistics proved Ms. Ray right, and those are among the issues we examined Tuesday in New York City during midterms. To help you get the most out of your vote, we took a look at some of the candidates and issues that appear most influential. (All numbers below are based on KIA Advance Interactive surveys conducted between Sept. 12 and Oct. 15 of more than 1,000 registered voters.)
Culture and entertainment, arts and culture and culture, recreation and leisure, civic and local government, quality of life, arts education, hospital systems, infrastructure and transportation, transit and public safety, and and education. All of those get two point. Public safety and criminal justice take three points, with education getting three. All of those get four points.
Together, those three factors account for 57 percent of the margin of victory.
For more information on the polls from all over the state, check the New York Times’ interactive maps of public polls and survey results: publicpolls.nytimes.com