Poll: Democrats hold early lead in NYC mayoral race
January 16th, 2013
11:07 AM ET
1 year ago

Poll: Democrats hold early lead in NYC mayoral race

(CNN) – Democratic candidates for mayor in New York City, including frontrunner Christine Quinn, hold early leads against potential GOP rivals in a new poll released Wednesday.

The Quinnipiac University survey showed Quinn, the speaker of the New York City Council, with a strong lead over her Democratic primary rivals, including Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former City Comptroller William Thompson.

Quinn was at 35%, while de Blasio stood at 11% and Thompson was backed by 10% of Democratic primary voters.

On the Republican side, former MTA chief Joseph Lhota leads a field of largely unknown candidates, including businessman John Catsimatidis and newspaper publisher Tom Allon. Among Republican primary voters, Lhota was at 23% and the rest of the field was below 10%. Fifty-three percent of the Republicans surveyed were undecided.

"Who are those guys? Almost no one knows the Republicans who say they want to be mayor. Even Joe Lhota, the front-runner in a primary match-up and the former head of the MTA, is far from a house-hold name," Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

Pitted against Lhota, the top three Democrats all hold big leads – Quinn tops Lhota 62%-17%, while de Blasio leads 57%-17% and Thompson is up 55%-19%.

"The top three Democrats all thump Lhota," Carroll said. "We limit the matchups to candidates who show some strength in their primaries. New York City is a very blue city. Any Republican who wants to follow in the footsteps of Mayors Rudolph Giuliani or Michael Bloomberg will need to win lots of Democratic and independent voters."

While Democrats hold major leads, the race is still in its early stages. New York voters head to the polls in November to select a candidate to succeed Michael Bloomberg, who's held office since 2002.

Early polling back then showed Bloomberg, then a Republican, trailing Democratic candidates by wide margins. He went on to win against his Democratic rival Mark Green 50%-48%. A number of factors contributed to the jump in support for Bloomberg, including an endorsement from then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was enjoying a spike in popularity in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted by telephone between January 8-14 from 1,332 New York City voters. The sampling error was plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Well, at least it appears that the greatest city on earth is making a great effort at maintaining sanity. Would be interesting if Wiener enters the race too, altho Qinn looks mighty qualified as well.

    January 16, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    .....but...but Weiner resigned in disgrace! How can he get back into politics? He's tainted an has no morals or values. BTW Go Gov. Sanford. We're behind you 100% You represent GOP and real family values

    January 16, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. judy

    Hope everyone keeps this in mind as the republicans take us over the cliff with the debt ceiling . Have you had enough of them yet????? Vote all repos out 2014

    January 16, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. w l jones

    Good trainning ground for our next pres. Bless.

    January 16, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    of course my comment above is pure sarcasm but that is what any real republican would say.....

    January 16, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "Hope everyone keeps this in mind as the republicans take us over the cliff with the debt ceiling"

    Indications are that they are now backing off and wimping out on their threats. They might now try something like pushing debt ceiling increases on short intervals to keep people angry and keep the threat and uncertainty alive in order to hamper the economy's recovery.

    January 16, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    Nation is changing, just know this. Quit racial, color, origin etc. it is changing for GOOD.

    January 16, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Al-NY,NY

    .....but...but Weiner resigned in disgrace! How can he get back into politics? He's tainted an has no morals or values. BTW Go Gov. Sanford. We're behind you 100% You represent GOP and real family values
    --------------
    Marital problems aside, at least Weiner didn't go AWOL for several days and then lie about it.

    January 16, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    @Rudy....absolutely. And Sanford had his constituents pay for his little junkets to Argentina. Anyone that thinks Sanford is OK to get back in but Weiner is not is a joke.

    January 16, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    @ Rudy & Al...

    Hey, I'll be the first to say (hand have said repeatedly) that Sanford is a dirt bag. But you have to admit that Weiner is a sketchy kind of perv... and well, what about what Clinton did in the Oval Office (which is public property by definition)??? Don't be so selective.

    January 16, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |