People accuse Andrew Yang of cheating in pop quiz on cost of living in New York as mayoral race intensifies
New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang correctly guessed all the questions in a recent New York Times Editorial Board quiz – and now people are accusing him of cheating.
His two opponents, Ray McGuire and Shaun Donovan, couldn’t guess the median cost of a house in Brooklyn, with both guessing around $ 100,000 or less when the correct price is much higher at $ 900,000.
Impressively, Yang was the only candidate to guess correctly. He was also the only candidate who answered this and two other questions correctly, knowing that 10% of schoolchildren in New York City who are homeless or in temporary shelter and giving the correct figure for the median rent of an apartment in Manhattan (assuming about $ 2,800 and $ 3,000 when it’s just under $ 3,000).
But, people are wary of the fact that Yang rambled a bit before giving his answer, with some jumping to the conclusion that he was intentionally hesitant to research the answers online.
Here are his answers to each of the three questions asked by the maintenance.
Yang on homeless schoolchildren:
“Oh, my God, I’ve seen that number relatively recently, and it’s incredibly high. I mean there’s – so there’s 60,000 people in the housing system. Many of them are children. But that’s too low a number. What’s the category, Mara? Yang said, before he was asked again.
‘Homeless or living in temporary shelter. So, I mean, the temporary shelter would be in the tens of thousands, and then the homeless would be a similar number. We have about a million schoolchildren. So I would say maybe 10 percent are homeless or in shelters, would be my estimate. “
Yang on the median real estate price in Brooklyn:
“Oh my God. Brooklyn! Such a diverse place.
“I know. I’m the math guy. But it’s, like, a median. It’s, like, mind-blowing, that question. So the middle house can be any size, right? So some of them would be very substantial. But you look at the median, so you have to, for example, reduce. “
I would just say the median – it’s going to be something, like, a lot higher than it should be. So the number that came to my mind is $ 900,000. “
Yang on Manhattan median rent:
“Again, you look, like, you know, different types of apartments and everything. The number that comes to mind – I should really focus on the bedrooms because I think that’s the median. Law. So as a one bedroom in Manhattan is probably costing you – there has been some drop – but the range in my head is $ 2,800 to $ 3,000 per month.
Of course, there is a lot of rambling, but there is no evidence that Yang cheated on the test.
But that hasn’t stopped people from theorizing about it – and even Shaun Donovan’s senior advisor wants the recording of Yang’s interview to be released following the poor performance of his own quiz contestant.
“The Times should publish the video of his interview,” Rick Fromberg told New York Magazine.
He added: “Andrew’s campaign should immediately publish any correspondence he and they have had during this period.”
Candidate Scott Stringer’s advisor Micah Lasher also said it “seems hard to imagine” Yang being able to answer all three questions perfectly without resorting to outside help.
Social media was teeming with people speculating whether or not Yang cheated on the test.
The race for mayor of New York is intensifying, that’s for sure.