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The Geography of Support for Open-Space Initiatives: A Case Study of New Jersey's 1998 Ballot Measure*
Article first published online: 23 JUL 2004
Social Science Quarterly
Volume 85, Issue 3, pages 624–639, September 2004
How to Cite
Solecki, W. D., Mason, R. J. and Martin, S. (2004), The Geography of Support for Open-Space Initiatives: A Case Study of New Jersey's 1998 Ballot Measure. Social Science Quarterly, 85: 624–639. doi: 10.1111/j.0038-4941.2004.00236.x
- Issue published online: 23 JUL 2004
- Article first published online: 23 JUL 2004
Objectives. By a two to one margin, New Jersey voters in 1998 approved a ballot measure authorizing a 10-year, 1-billion dollar open-space acquisition program. This article's principal objectives are to investigate and explain the spatial character of that vote.
Methods. Our methods consists of regression and principal components analyses; we use municipal-level data to define statewide patterns of voter support and participation in relation to a series of socioeconomic, political, and environmental variables.
Results. The analyses yielded two major findings: (1) support for the ballot measure was widespread, but exceptionally strong in the “wealth belt” area of north-central New Jersey, and (2) voter participation, defined as those voting on the measure as a proportion of all who voted, lagged in the core urban areas.
Conclusions. Our conclusions point critically to the importance of socioeconomic status, urban residence, and presence of existing open-space regulations—as well as rapid changes in the overall sociopolitical landscape—in explaining voter behavior.