New York City Poll: Should Weiner run for mayor?
April 16th, 2013
11:30 PM ET
1 year ago

New York City Poll: Should Weiner run for mayor?

(CNN) - Disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner may seek political redemption by running this year for New York City mayor, but a new poll of city residents suggests many of them may not be ready to forgive him.

If he does run though, an NBC New York-Marist Poll released late Tuesday night indicates Weiner would shake up the battle for the Democratic mayoral nomination.

The congressman, who was in his seventh term representing parts of the New York City boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn, resigned from the House in 2011 amid scandal over a lewd photo sent via Twitter. But he confirmed last week in an interview along with wife Huma Abedin, a close aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that he's considering a mayoral bid.

Sunday Weiner released a document detailing a plan to restore the city as a place for middle class families, and in a TV interview the next day on cable channel NY1 he apologized to everyone he lied to as his Twitter scandal unfolded. He said that none of the six women whom he engaged in electronic sexual chatter were underage.

According to the poll, 37% of New Yorkers want Weiner to run for mayor, with 47% saying they don't want to see him become a candidate for mayor this year, and 16% undecided. But that's an improvement from last October, when a Marist poll indicated that only one in four citywide wanted Weiner to run.

Among registered Democrats, four in ten want Weiner to run, with 46% saying no and 14% undecided. The 40% of Democrats who want Weiner to launch a mayoral bid is up from 28% in the October poll.

The new poll also indicates that Weiner's favorable ratings have improved from last fall, with 45% of Democrats and 39% of all city voters holding a positive view of the former congressman, who launched but later dropped a bid for New York City mayor for the 2009 election.

Has Weiner changed as a person in the two years since the scandal that forced him to resign from Congress?

Thirty-seven percent of Democrats say yes, with 32% saying no and 31% unsure. Among all New York City voters, a third say Weiner's changed as a person, with an equal amount saying he has not and another third unsure.

If Weiner ends up running, the poll suggests he would alter the current state of the race for the Democratic nomination. Without Weiner in the contest, the survey indicates City Council President Christine Quinn at 30% among Democratic voters, 15 percentage points ahead of all the other candidates. But when Weiner's name is added to the mix, Quinn drops to 26%, with Weiner in second at 15%, three points ahead of the next closest candidate.

Quinn has long been the Democratic front-runner in the race, and if she's elected in November, she'll become Gotham's first female and first openly gay mayor.

The NBC New York/Marist Poll was conducted April 11-15, with 1,127 New York City adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is 2.9 percentage points.

– CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


Filed under: Anthony Weiner • New York • Polls
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Donkey Party

    Before you right-wing anti-American filth start running your mouths over Congressman Weiner, remember these two words, Mark Sanford.

    April 17, 2013 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  2. Marie MD

    Let's face it. In the world of politics (or what passes for values in our world anymore) what Weiner did is nothing compared to the Appalachian/Argentina hiking adulterer who is running for governor in SC or, was it vitter?, whose wife had to endured standing behind him as he apologized for his taste of prosti tutes!
    Or trolling in airport bathrooms for men or taking a boy toy to Italy or paying off his mistresses' parents.
    Weiner really fought for first responders after 9/11. At least he contributed something worthwhile.

    April 17, 2013 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  3. Minnie Mouse

    I don't think anyone who resigns, quits or gets fired from any political position should have the chance to run again for another political position. The public has already lost faith and trust in the person, so they are not going to vote for him again.

    April 17, 2013 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  4. bess moore

    Weiner is a lying cheating weenie! Hell no! We have enough of those in office!

    April 17, 2013 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  5. Name lynn

    Anthony people dont want you to have a seat, well run for the senator seat you may or may not get the seat.

    April 17, 2013 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    According to the poll, 37% of New Yorkers want Weiner to run for mayor, with 47% saying they don't want to see him become a candidate for mayor this year, and 16% undecided.
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    The operative phrase is "they don't want to see him become a candidate for mayor THIS year." That's not saying they don't want him to ever be a candidate for mayor. With the 16% undecided, I think his chances are up for grabs and he should go for it.

    April 17, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    The Dem Libs probably love him there.

    April 17, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |