Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Election Enclave: the Hasidic Vote in Crown Heights

Audio Slideshow by Gaia Pianigiani and me.

Two days before the election, the Hasidic Jewish community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, is strongly leaning towards John McCain, in contrast with predominantly Democratic New York City. Many members of the Lubavitch community expressed concerns about foreign policy, school vouchers, and social conservatism. Barack Obama's perceived lack of experience and weakness in the war on terror have contributed to the community's overwhelming support for McCain. However, some voters stated ambivalence or indifference towards the presidential race.

Decision NYC link


Phil from Crown Heights said...

Ben, I got compliments from my kids who found your audio slideshow before me!! I'd like to compliment you and Gaia on a job well done. I think you were fair in your portrayal of Crown Heights opinion and the final product was quite impressive and professional. I look forward to seeing more of your work. Best of luck to you.

Ben Piven said...

Hi Phil, I'm glad you enjoyed our slideshow about Crown Heights. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, and I'll be back in your part of Brooklyn at some point in the future to cover other issues.

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