October 22nd, 2009
03:11 PM ET
4 years ago

Poll: Bloomberg widens lead in NYC Mayoral race

A new poll suggests that Michael Bloomberg holds a 16-point lead over his Democratic rival.
A new poll suggests that Michael Bloomberg holds a 16-point lead over his Democratic rival.

(CNN) – With less than two weeks until election day, a new poll suggests that Michael Bloomberg holds a 16-point lead over his Democratic rival as the New York City mayor bids for a third term in office.

According to a Marist College survey released Thursday, 52 percent of likely New York City voters support Bloomberg, running as an independent, with 36 percent backing Democratic New York City Comptroller William Thompson, and 12 percent supporting other candidates, or undecided.

That 16-point lead for Bloomberg is up from a 9-point advantage in a Marist poll conducted in September. Bloomberg also held a 16-point lead in a Quinnipiac University survey conducted in late September.

The Marist poll suggests that Bloomberg is leading among Democrats, 47 percent to 49 percent. That's a switch from last month, when Thompson held a slight majority of Democrats likely to vote in the November election. The poll also indicates Bloomberg taking the Republican vote, but Thompson ahead 48 percent to 41 percent among independents.


According to the survey, nearly seven in 10 white voters say they back Bloomberg, with more than six in 10 African-Americans supporting Thompson, with Bloomberg leading among Latino voters 42 percent to 35 percent.

Bloomberg's poll numbers took a minor hit late last year after he persuaded New York's city council to overturn term limits that would have prevented the mayor from running for a third term this year. The Marist survey indicates that nearly half of those polled say Bloomberg's decision to change the term limits law makes no difference in the way they vote, with just over four in 10 saying the move makes them less likely to support Bloomberg.

According to the poll, Bloomberg's approval rating remains strong, with 58 percent of those questioned saying they approve of how he's doing as mayor.

The Marist College poll was conducted October 19-21, with 390 likely New York City voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 5 percentage points.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Gary's Opinion

    Dem, Repub or Indepent doesn't matter. Michael Bloomberg does a good job running a challenging city...Any chance we could get him to run for President in 20012? Because Bush was that hot and Obama seems to be doing even worse.

    October 22, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. johnnie w

    Who cares CNN , we do not give a HOOT

    October 22, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. victim of republican greed

    It looks like New Yorkers are not in favor of term limits.

    October 22, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Eric

    For anyone who dares to defend Cheney try remembering the last 8 years. Cheney lied repeated and continuously about the justification of going to war with Iraq. His lie cost the lives of 4000 US soldiers and tens if not hundreds of thousands of Iraqi lives. You want to question what Obama's doing fine, but don't defend Cheney- he is no authority when it comes to national security- he failed to keep American soldiers safe by rushing them into an unjust war. A war where he stood to make millions. Additionally he outed a member of the US intelligence community for his own personal reasons. He's never owned up to it or been held accountable. He has absolutely no credibility.

    October 22, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. T'SAH from Virginia

    Okay – I must say – he is a good mayor!!

    October 22, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. Tim Cash

    I think we've all heard enough about the "Party Bashing" between both parties of late. I'm fed up with the finger pointing that's going on with the present administration these days. I don't care if Fox is a TV Commentary program, or a news program. I don't care if the Bush administration is responsible for all the problems that we're experiencing today. The current administration needs to spend less time trying to rebuke comments by former VPs and other staff, and start to focus on the current issues at hand, and DEAL with them. We expected change with the new administration, but the only change I've seen so far is taking sweet time to accomplish anything!

    October 22, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. bimmer

    Bloomberg for 2012 Presidency.

    October 22, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Rickymo

    King Bloomberg buys a third illegal term by ignoring the will of the voters and the people who will vote for him are examples of the dumbing down of this country. Money buys power and power corrupts...pity.

    October 22, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Doug, New Jersey

    If Bloomburg had a little d next to his name he would get 99% of the vote in NYC.

    Rudy did all the hard work, but Mike has kept it going. What once was a wasteland of corruption, crime, and illegal activiites is now a much more safe city, welcoming to families to visit. Sure, the nasty, mean, angry, selfish, narcisisstic, obnoxious liberal Democrats that is a majority of the popuation can still make for a nasty city and an exprience of mass liberalization, but a Mayor can't fix the people. These Democrats were raised this way and they are beyond repair.

    Cities like Detroit and Chicago have voted straight lib for 40 years, take a look at how things are going there and compare them to New York. THe answer is voting against the Democrat at the local level, just as it is at the national level.

    October 22, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  10. Shari, NY

    Unfortunately for Mr. Thompson, Mayor Bloomberg has a track record that many people are comfortable with. The only beef that some have against him is that has circumvented the term limit criteria to suit himself. Also, the mayor started a vigorous campaign which has peaked now that the homestretch is upon him, and the ads do not do Mr. Thompson any justice.

    October 22, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Darbel

    Why break a glass that is holding water?

    October 22, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. jorge Rodriguez

    Mr. Bloomberg is a living proof that doing the right thing takes priority over politics. Look at him; successful business man, tough with crime and look what he did to NY... Facts are better than words..
    He should be the next president....Count my vote Mr. Bloomberg.

    October 22, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. Island girl

    Mayor Bloomberg has done the best he can for NYC. Under Mayor Giuliani, crime statistics started declining and have continued plummeting under this current administration, despite the fact that the city is also bearing the terrible brunt of the economic crisis.

    He has also put in motion some services which are beneficial to the general public and has planned to do even more if re-elected. The only little peeve I have is his lavish spending to woo voters while turning a blind eye to term limits. If only he could wave a magic wand and create JOBS!

    Mr. Thompson seems like a decent man, but alas I did not follow up his service as Controller. Unfortunately for him, the ads being run against him (and his lack of effective rebuttal) are helping Mayor Bloomberg to gain momentum.

    October 22, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |