Q-Poll: de Blasio Surges (Update)
New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is leading the Democratic pack for mayor, opening up a 6 percentage point lead over one-time frontrunner Christine Quinn, the city council speaker.
A Quinnipiac University poll released this afternoon found de Blasio with 30 percent of likely Democratic voters to Quinn’s 24 percent.
Former city comptroller Bill Thompson placed a close third at 22 percent.
Ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner continued his free-fall in the polls after more sexually explicit Internet chats came to light last month, dropping to 10 percent.
The poll found that a majority of voters — 55 percent — wish Weiner would leave the race.
If anything the poll suggests that race for the Democratic nomination is still very much unsettled with less than a month to go before primary day.
“A few weeks ago, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio looked like an also-ran. Today, he’s the leader of the pack, and a winner in the runoffs. Follow the bouncing ball, folks. This line-up keeps changing,” said Mickey Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
De Blasio would defeat all comers in a runoff election as well, with Thompson coming closestat 41 percent to de Blasio’s 50 percent.
Quinnipiac completed it survey on Monday, the day a federal judge halted the NYPD’s controversial-stop-and-frisk policy. The poll found the issue is a factor for Democratic voters in the primary.
The poll found Democratic voters by a margin of 66 percent to 25 percent approved of the creation of an independent monitor for the NYPD.
“Two related issues which seem to resonate with Democratic voters are stop-and-frisk and the creation of an inspector general for the New York Police Department,” Carroll said. “U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin did her part for the voters by appointing a federal monitor for the NYPD. If politicians follow the poll results too, the NYPD is going to get still another outside monitor.”
The survey of 579 likely Democratic primary voters began Aug. 7. It has a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points.
Update: De Blasio’s campaign responds with the kind of no-biggie statement usually delivered in person with a Cheshire Cat grin.
“Whether we are ahead in the polls or behind, Bill de Blasio’s message has always been clear,” said campaign manager Bill Hyers. “He is the only Democrat who will break from the Bloomberg years by raising taxes on the wealthy to invest in universal pre-K and after-school programs, ending racial profiling, and fighting to save community hospitals.”
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