What's Behind de Blasio's Racial Optimism Gap?

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Voters in Jamaica, Queens casting ballots in the 2013 primary election.

Quinnipiac University Polling Institute Director Maurice Carroll helps decode the recent Quinnipiac poll, which found that black and Hispanic voters were much more optimistic about the future than white voters in NYC, among other things.

The Quinnipiac poll shows "there are almost no gender gaps, but wide racial gaps":

  • Black voters are optimistic about the city 81 - 13 percent and Hispanic voters are optimistic 69 - 21 percent, with white voter optimism at 51 - 45 percent 
  • The mayor will make their life better rather than worse, black voters say 43 - 11 percent and Hispanic voters say 34 - 14 percent, while white voters say 33 - 26 percent their life will get worse.