October 26th, 2009
10:15 AM ET
5 years ago

Poll: NYC Mayor Bloomberg holds 18-point lead

Bloomberg has a clear lead in the New York City's mayoral race.
Bloomberg has a clear lead in the New York City's mayoral race.

(CNN) – A new survey suggests that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, vying for a third term in office, holds an 18-point lead over his Democratic rival, with just eight days to go before voters there head to the polls.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday morning, 53 percent of likely New York City voters support Bloomberg, running as an independent, with 35 percent backing the Democratic candidate, New York City Comptroller William Thompson. Ten percent of those questioned are undecided, and 3 percent support Conservative Party candidate Stephen Christopher.

Bloomberg held a 16-point advantage in a Quinnpiac survey conducted in late September. Bloomberg also held a 16-point lead in a Marist College poll that was released last week.

The Quinnipiac survey suggests that Bloomberg is leading overwhelming among Republicans, has a 36-point advantage among independents, and is splitting the Democratic vote with Thompson. The poll indicates a racial divide, with white voters backing Bloomberg by a 2-to-1 margin, African-Americans supporting Thompson in roughly the same proportion, and Hispanics backing Bloomberg by 14 points.

"It's been shaping up all along, and now the new numbers say it looks like a Bloomberg blowout," says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Bloomberg has captured the endorsement of all three of New York City's major daily newspapers, the Times, Post and Daily News. The Spanish-language daily El Diario La Prensa endorsed Thompson.

The Quinnpiac University poll was conducted October 23-25, with 1,088 likely New York City voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Terry from West Texas

    Now if there were only more Republican leaders like Bloomberg. Capable, intelligent, interested in actually improving life in the city, and reasonable. I might vote for someone like him over, say, a Conservative Democrat.

    October 26, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. down with the GOP

    but somehow this one seems ok

    October 26, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. Spirit of America

    This is not an election; it is an auction. Bloomberg bought this office.

    October 26, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    On my visits back home to NYC I've noticed some nice changes to the city: more police on foot patrol, the beautiful new street signs, construction that'd been going on since Koch was Mayor, now completed. I find it curious as a Hispanic that El Diario la Prensa endorsed Thompson. What's that about?

    October 26, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Doug, New Jersey

    ACORN has their work cut out for them in this race. The mafia will make sure that Corozine is elected Governor in Lib Jersey, but the mafia and the unions along with ACORN wont be able to fix the election for mayor in New York. Funny though, Thomson commericals refer to him as the Democrat, the thinking is oh he has no values and is a liar, hey that's just like me, I'm liberal too, I'll vote for him. Not gonna work.

    October 26, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. We Won Get Over It

    Of course he has the money, but if he is doing a good job, regardless, republican, democrat, or independent he deserves to be re-elected.

    October 26, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Long live the King! Exactly what our founding father's warned us about.

    October 26, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. obummer, 1 and done

    just the beginning.

    Thanks to the bumbling of obummer and the democrats, (if republicans are the party of no, then the democrats must be the party of "it's not my fault", just like my 5 year old.)

    October 26, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Mayor for Life

    Amazing at just what money can buy, isn't it?

    October 26, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |