(CNN) – A new poll released Wednesday indicates New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn holds a solid lead among Democrats in the city's mayoral race next year.
Quinn, who has yet to announce an official bid but is expected to run, has the support of 32% of registered Democrats in the potentially crowded primary, while other likely candidates fall behind with 10% or less of the vote, according to the Quinnipiac University survey.
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"The race for the White House is over and it's time to look at the New York City mayoral race, where the possibly decisive Democratic primary could be as early as June," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "The morning line? City Council Speaker Christine Quinn leaves the other Democratic contenders in the dust."
Elected speaker in 2006 and having served in the City Council since 1999, Quinn is known for cracking down on hate crime and working with Mayor Michael Bloomberg to negotiate a balanced budget. The Quinnipiac survey shows Quinn with a high approval rating of 65%–higher than that of Bloomberg-while 18% disapproved.
Former City Comptroller Bill Thompson (who has already launched his mayoral bid) comes in second with 10%, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has 9%; City Comptroller John Liu collects 5%, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer comes in with 4%, according to the survey. The poll was conducted, however, before Stringer dropped out of the running and decided to run for city comptroller.
The candidate nominated by Republicans, however, would trail a Democratic candidate, the poll shows. Two speculated GOP contenders were included in the poll: Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chair and CEO Joseph Lhota and former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion. Lhota would lose to an unnamed Democratic candidate 60% to 9%, and Carrion would be defeated 62% to 11%, according to the survey.
New Yorkers also want Bloomberg, an independent who's finishing up his third term in office, to stay out of the race. By a margin of 48% to 39% (including a majority of Republicans), voters said the current mayor and billionaire should not use his money to support any of the candidates up for election.
For the survey, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,165 New York City voters by telephone from November 14 to November 18. The poll's sampling error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.