Chapter Five
THE ELECTION

Attitudes Toward Politics

Those engaged in the process of choosing a mayor for Newark, and who lived in the city's central core, entered the process with few illusions.

Respondents were asked to express their feelings about the truth or untruth of these statements: (1) "You can't believe what you see about politics in the press"; and (2) "Politicians never carry out their promises, so it makes no difference who wins an election." The overwhelming majority (better than seven out often) said they thought there was some truth in both statements.

Those with the best education expressed the most skepticism about both the press and politicans. The press had even less credibility (defended by about 15 per cent) than did politicians (defended by about 25 per cent). Blacks and Whites showed little difference in their lack of faith in the believability of the media, although registered voters were stronger in their criticism than the unregistered. Registered voters spoke up more for politicians than did the unregistered.

The authoritarian tendencies in Newark's inner-city population were apparent in their replies to this statement: "A few strong leaders would do more for this city than all the laws and talk." Some of these replies, illustrated in the graph, may have been a reflection of both the cloud over the Addonizio Administration and the aftermath of Newark's riots and rising crime rate. The

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