Despite the ascension of a mayor who ran on a platform repudiating much of Michael Bloomberg’s legacy, the ex-mayor fares quite well in a Quinnipiac University poll released this afternoon.
Sixty-four percent of respondents said Mr. Bloomberg’s tenure was “mainly a success” and disapproved of the criticism the former mayor suffered at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration earlier this month.
A majority of New Yorkers are optimistic about new Mayor Bill de Blasio’s next four years, but only 2 percent said income inequality should be a top issue for the city to tackle, according to a new poll released this afternoon.
The high numbers nonetheless show Mr. Blasio is enjoying a honeymoon period with the city’s residents, according to Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnpiac University Polling Institute, which conducted the poll.
The Final Countdown
Joe Lhota is pulling a page from the history books in order to argue he’ll be pulling an upset in the mayor’s race tomorrow night.
With just a handful of days left before voters return to the polls, Bill de Blasio is still sitting atop a huge lead over Republican rival Joe Lhota.
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.
Democrat Bill de Blasio remains far ahead of his Republican challenger, according to the latest poll of the mayor’s race
The presumptive Democratic nominee leads his GOP rival Joe Lhota 66 percent to 25 percent, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll released this afternoon.
Election Day: 2013apalooza
Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota brushed off brutal early polling numbers that show him badly trailing Bill de Blasio as he campaigned this morning on the Upper East Side.
After an hour of glad-handing, fist pumping, high-fiving little kids–and even a paw shake–Mr. Lhota told reporters that he’s unfazed by the first poll of the general election, which gave him just 22 percent support to Mr. de Blasio’s 65 percent.
“Look, I have always known right from the beginning that I was going to be the underdog,” the former deputy mayor said outside the 77th Street/Lexington Avenue subway station, rejecting the notion that the gulf was too wide to bridge. “Nothing’s insurmountable … you’ll see my numbers rise. I have no doubt about it.”
Election Day: 2013apalooza
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn made her final pitch to voters this afternoon as the former front-runner faces the once unfathomable prospect of not even making it into the expected runoff election.
Traveling through the Bronx and across the Upper West Side, Mr. Quinn urged supporters to get to the polls, offered thankful “yay!”s Read More
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Anthony Weiner asked the Board of Elections to intervene today–so he could ensure the press got a good photo of him casting his ballot with his son on Election Day.
The former Congressman had been scheduled to vote at 9:30 a.m. at a Baruch College building not for from his Park Avenue South apartment. Instead, frantic staffers rushed in and out of the building, conferring with poll workers and making calls. There had been a “snafu,” with the Board of Elections, said Mr. Weiner’s spokeswoman, Barbara Morgan, who paced up and down the sidewalk outside of the building, tracked by two film-makers.
As it begins, so it ends.
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer has shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars on sophisticated Obama campaign-style micro-targeting and get-out-the-vote efforts, hiring a small army of staffers instead of exclusively relying on volunteers, to boost turnout in tomorrow’s polls.
According to city Campaign Finance Board records, Mr. Spitzer has spent just over $300,000 on get-out-the-vote efforts over the past five days.