It doesn’t come as a surprise, but Bill de Blasio is still crushing his rival, Joe Lhota, in the polls.
Mr. de Blasio is leading Mr. Lhota by 44 points–68 to 24 percent–among likely voters, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll released today. Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrión remains far behind, with just 2 percent.
The numbers nonetheless represent a relative gain for Mr. Lhota, who was trailing Mr. de Blasio by 50 points–71 to 21–earlier this month in the same poll. Mr. Lhota had frequently claimed the televised debates would change his fortune, but last week’s rhetorical bout doesn’t seem to have had a significant impact; two more debates remain, including one tomorrow.
But with only 5 percent of likely voters still undecided and less than 10 percent saying there’s a “good chance” they’ll change their minds, Mr. Lhota’s prospects remain grim.
“The good news for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is that he probably can start drafting his inauguration speech,” quipped pollster Maurice Carroll in a statement released with the results.
Still, the numbers show voters more closely aligned with Mr. Lhota than Mr. de Blasio on several prominent issues. Stop-and-frisk, for instance, appears to have become slightly more palatable to voters in recent months, with 48 percent of those polled describing it as excessive harassment and 45 percent describing it as an acceptable way to make the city safer. (Back in September, the numbers were 55 and 39 percent.) And more of the public seems inclined towards Mr. Lhota’s position on charter schools.
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