ups and downs
Anthony Weiner’s candidacy is continuing to drop in the wake of revelations that he continued sexting random women long after he resigned from Congress, a new poll out this afternoon confirms. And that’s good news for his Democratic rivals, including Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
The latest Quinnipiac University numbers show Mr. Weiner trailing the pack in fourth place, with the support of just 16 percent of the likely Democratic voters–a huge slide from his front-runner status just a month ago. And the majority of voters–53 percent–now think he should drop out of the race.
Anthony Weiner’s new sexting scandal is taking its toll both on the former congressman himself and his standing in the mayoral race.
In the first poll taken since Mr. Weiner admitted Tuesday to continuing digital affairs after his resignation–and after proclaiming himself to be a changed man a year later–Mr. Weiner’s one-time lead has whittled.
Alas, Quinnipiac University had the misfortune of polling the mayor’s race before Monday’s bombshell revelations of Anthony Weiner’s continued deception and sexting habits beyond his resignation from office.
Nevertheless, the firm did the work and released the numbers this evening anyway–showing some good news for former Comptroller Bill Thompson in the Democratic primary in the process.
Earlier this afternoon, Quinnipiac University released a new poll taking the temperature of the New York City electorate and found former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s mayoral candidacy in good shape.
And, unlike their last poll that had Council Speaker Christine Quinn narrowly leading the field, today’s survey places Mr. Weiner ahead of the pack, with 25 percent to Ms. Quinn’s 22 percent–similar results to a recent Marist College poll.
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been feverishly collecting signatures to make it on the ballot, which may or may not be successful. Nevertheless, should he get past that initial step, Mr. Spitzer will start out in a decent position, according to a new Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist poll released tonight.
They survey finds Mr. Spitzer with 42 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, edging out his sole opponent, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who posts a still-respectable 33 percent.
Q Is for Quinn
Don’t call him “front-runner” just yet.
Only one day after Marist College found former Congressman Anthony Weiner with 25 percent of the mayoral race’s Democratic vote–5 points ahead of his closest opponent, Christine Quinn–a new Quinnipiac University survey found Ms. Quinn ahead and a third contender, former Comptroller Bill Thompson, nipping surprisingly close to their heels.
Anthony Weiner may be the new front-runner in a new poll out Tuesday night that shows him leading the pack in the New York City mayor’s race, but the once-disgraced former congressman isn’t especially inclined to tout the results.
“Look in many ways, it doesn’t change anything. We’re going to keep talking about ideas for the middle class and those struggling to make it,” said Mr. Weiner, speaking to reporters after a forum on affordable housing issues at the Calvary St. George’s church.
For the first time this election season, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has dropped from first place and is now trailing Anthony Weiner in a major poll.
The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC New York survey, conducted by Marist College and released this evening, has the former congressman leading with 25 percent of the vote in the New York City mayor’s race among registered Democrats, two years after he was forced to resign following a lewd sexting scandal. That’s up 6 points from 19 percent last month.
Hide your children
A slim majority of New York voters think Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver should resign over his mishandling of the Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal, according to a new poll out Wednesday, which also found most parents want their daughters steering clear of Albany.
The Quinnipiac poll found that 51 percent of those surveyed think Mr. Silver should step down from office, versus just 22 percent who feel he should remain. The feeling was especially high among men, suburban voters and Republicans.
A spokesman for Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the city’s top cop has nothing to do with a recent poll that appears to be testing the waters for a potential mayoral run.
The telephone poll, by the Queens-based Opinion Access Corp., asked a variety of questions about the commissioner, as well as how he matched up with the other candidates, according to a source, as well as reports by Capitol New York and the Village Voice.