Voters who self-identify as white made up less than 50% of the turnout in last month’s citywide elections, according to exit polling by Edison Media Research.
Polling data put the numbers at 46% white, 23% black, 21% Hispanic and 7% Asian. According to Edison EVP Joe Lenski, this marks the first citywide election where the percentage of white voters fell below 50%.
While this may have been the first city election where that was true – there was no exit polling done in the 2005 election, so no-one knows for sure – it wasn’t New York’s first majority-minority election. A Census Bureau survey of New Yorkers who reported voting in last year’s election showed non-hispanic whites as 45.8 of the voters, down from 2004 and 2000.
John H. Mollenkopf, director of the Center for Urban Research at CUNY, says that this year’s minority vote has actually declined since 2005, with the most marked drop-off in the hispanic vote. Asians, on the other hand, have more than doubled their percentage of the vote, from 3% to 7%, since 2001.