New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio leads former transit chairman Joe Lhota by 44-percentage point margin, a Quinnipiac University poll released this afternoon found.

The poll found de Blasio, the Democratic candidate, leads the GOP nominee Lhota by a margin of 68 percent to 24 percent among likely voters, compared to the 71 percent to 21 percent margin from Oct. 3.

And de Blasio’s lead is across the baord demographically.

He leads 54 percent to 42 percent among white voters, 94 percent to 5 percent among black voters and 79 percent to 10 percent among Hispanic voters.

He also holds commanding leads with men and women voters.

Lhota’s only lead is with Republican voters, 84 percent to 13 percent.

The poll suggests that Lhota, barring a small miracle, will have trouble winning next month’s election in heavily Democratic New York City.

“The good news for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is that he probably can start drafting his inauguration speech,” said Mickey Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
“The bad news is that New York City voters’ priority for the next mayor is – you guessed it – jobs, something over which a mayor has very little control. The next priority is education and if he can succeed where so many have not, they can name a school after him.”

De Blasio retains a high favorability rating as well: 65 percent to 23 percent. Lhtoa’s favorablity rating is at 31 percent, with 27 percent not knowing enough to form an opinion.

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