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As noted by sociologist Jonathan Rieder in Canarsie: The Jews and Italians of Brooklyn against Liberalism, when Lindsay ran for reelection in 1969 his share of the Jewish vote totaled between 30 and 36 percent in Canarsie’s most liberal areas and considerably less in other parts of what at the time was a quintessentially lower-middle class neighborhood. (Running on a third-party ticket after his own party dumped him, Lindsay was reelected with a 42-percent plurality as the city’s anti-Lindsay vote – 58 percent – split between the mayor’s two opponents. Jews gave Lindsay 43 percent of their votes; most of Lindsay’s Jewish support, not surprisingly, was concentrated in Manhattan.)
Another of Rieder’s interviewees was even more sweeping in his condemnation, stating flatly that ‘It was under John Lindsay that the Jewish community in New York suffered its greatest decline.’
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