NEW YORK CITY: Christine Quinn's Lead Shrinks In Latest Mayoral Poll
eroded by 11 points due to the prospect of Anthony Weiner's candidacy.
Back in February, when Marist last polled, Quinn got 37 percent from Democrats, near the 40 percent level needed in the primary to avoid a run-off. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio had 15 percent, former comptroller Bill Thompson was at 14 percent, and the current city comptroller, John Liu, was at 11 percent. The new poll puts Weiner at 15 percent, behind Quinn, who would be at 26 percent. De Blasio, who like Weiner is a white, outer-borough progressive, is down to 11 percent, as is Thompson. Liu is at 12 percent. While the match-up figures against the whole field were good for Weiner, overall opinion of him among Democratic voters was less flattering. Only 40 percent of Democrats say they want Weiner to run for mayor, compared to 47 who do not.I'm a bit surprised by this result considering how tepid the enthusiasm regarding Weiner has been among top Democrats and even some of his former staffers. But as CNY notes, this may be as good as it gets for Weiner.