Weiner climbs in polls in NYC mayoral race
May 28th, 2013
12:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Weiner climbs in polls in NYC mayoral race

(CNN) - Anthony Weiner's making gains in his bid for New York City mayor this year, according to a new poll conducted after the former congressman announced his candidacy last week.

And a Marist poll released Tuesday also indicates that a majority of New York City voters say Weiner deserves a second chance. Weiner was in his seventh term in Congress, representing parts of the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn, when he resigned from the House of Representatives in 2011 amid scandal over lewd photos sent via Twitter.

According to the poll, 19% of registered Democrats say they'd back Weiner in their party's September mayoral primary. Twenty-four percent say support City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who has long been the Democratic front-runner in the race, and if she's elected in the November general election, she'd become Gotham's first female and first openly gay mayor.

But the survey suggests the race is tightening. Marist's April poll had Quinn at 26% and Weiner at 15%. Quinn's 11 percentage point lead in April is now down to a five point edge.

According to the new survey, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Balsio's at 12% and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson stands at 11%, with everyone else in single digits and nearly a quarter of Democratic voters undecided.

If none of the candidates grabs 40% of the vote in the Democratic primary, there will be a runoff between the top two vote getters.

"The Democratic primary for mayor remains wide open," says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. "It is likely to come down to who can punch their ticket for the runoff."

Does Weiner deserve a second chance?

Fifty-three percent of all registered voters in New York City say yes, with nearly four in ten saying he doesn't have the character to be mayor. Among Democrats, nearly six in ten say he deserves a second chance. But Democratic voters are evenly split at 44% when asked if they have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Weiner. He stood at 45%-41% favorable/unfavorable among Democrats in April.

Weiner talked about the controversy that sidetracked his political career in a video that went up online last week where he announced his mayoral candidacy.

"Look, I made some big mistakes, and I know I let a lot of people down. But I've also learned some tough lessons. I'm running for mayor because I've been fighting for the middle class and those struggling my entire life. And I hope I get a second chance to work for you," said Weiner in the video.

The winner of November's general election will succeed three term Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican turned independent.

The Marist poll was conducted Wednesday through Friday (following Weiner's early Wednesday morning announcement), with 810 registered voters in New York City, including 492 Democrats, questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is 3.4 percentage points for registered voters and 4.4 percentage points for Democrats.


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  1. Braindead in NYC

    And a Marist poll released Tuesday also indicates that a majority of New York City voters say Weiner deserves a second chance. Weiner was in his seventh term in Congress, representing parts of the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn, when he resigned from the House of Representatives in 2011 amid scandal over lewd photos sent via Twitter.
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    Yes, half of the Democrat losers in NYC would rather vote for an admitted pervert and a known liar and false accuser of others to lead their city. How sad and pathetic is THAT?!!

    May 28, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. Pete

    Just wait and see how Anthony rises to the top of the mayoral stats in NY and can these conservative sanctumonious ones let it go with Anthony because they did in Sanford didn't they!!

    May 28, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Greg in Arkansas

    Pun much..?? Headline..."Weiner climbs in polls" with him hanging onto a pole in the photo....???
    Accidental innuendo or subliminal jab…??

    May 28, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    The only thing Weiner has going for him is greater name recognition than his Democratic oppoents, with the exception of two-time loser Thompson. As far as I'm concerned, Weiner has done nothing to repair his image. The last time we saw him he was in pretty bad shape. What's happened since that time besides him hiding under a rock?

    May 28, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. ClydeTheSlyde

    Yes, half of the Democrat losers in NYC would rather vote for an admitted pervert and a known liar and false accuser of others to lead their city. How sad and pathetic is THAT?!!

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    Kinda like the majorty of Republicans electing Mark Sanford back into office? ;)

    May 28, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    nearly a quarter of Democratic voters undecided.
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    That's all I need to know. It's anyone's race. I don't think Weiner will win, but he'll make this election much more interesting and substantive.

    May 28, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. ghostriter

    I'm betting the edited the headline from "Weiner rises in polls......."

    From here on out, Weiner stories will immediately be fodder for late nite comedy.

    May 28, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Kinda like the majorty of Republicans electing Mark Sanford back into office? ;)

    Kinda different. Sanford left the country on taxpayer money while on the clock as governor and didn't tell anyone. Why he left the country doesn't even matter...he still committed a grave offense against his office. He then lied about it because it was a gross violation of professional ethics and potentially a crime (and would get him served with divorce papers). The fact that he did it to actually commit adultery provides the only loose similarity to Wiener.

    Wiener simply proved that wielding a cell phone camera while in one's undies sometimes makes for a very embarrassing few months. He then lied about it because it was embarrassing (and might have lost him his fiancée). He broke faith with his fiancée, but committed no adultery.

    It's different alright, but fat chance getting the smooth-brains in the GOP and MSM to admit it.

    May 28, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Janine in Detriot

    I feel so bad for his poor wife and child. Why is this selfish pervert putting them through this ordeal? It really makes one wonder about the self centered, power hungry, egotists these politicians must be. The man obviously has no shame and doesn't have a care in the world about what his poor family is going through.

    May 28, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Name lynn

    Anthony weiner what kind of a name is weiner, well anyway weather you win or not i wouldnt vote for you any, you reminds me of mitt roomey. 49% of the people poor people you dont care for them.

    May 28, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. mike Lake Orion Michigan

    Another example of apathy across America!

    May 28, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. John Geheran

    A "second chance"? Maybe. But as Mayor of NYC? If elected, New Yorkers will get a twofer: a politician who has exhibited a gross error in judgement (to be charitable), and then lied about it. The second leg of the 2fer is that candidate Weiner comes with a spouse whose family allegedly has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Five will get you ten that, if elected, one of HizzHonor's first official acts will be to remove Police Commissioner Ray Kelley.

    May 28, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. J_lebowski

    Can't be any worse the bloomberg

    May 28, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "49% of the people poor people you dont care for them."

    Wiener is an extremely outspoken advocate for programs that help the poor, elderly and disabled, etc., an prioritizing them over idiocy like subsidies to large corporations and tax loopholes for the wealthy, etc. Not sure where you're getting your information.

    May 28, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. UDidntBuildThat

    I like Weiner-Holder for President!!!

    May 28, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Robin Jones

    Just what New Yorkers need. A choice between Mayor I-Know-What's-Good-For-You and an egomaniac with the maturity of a middle schooler.

    May 28, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. vikingwoman

    1 thing I try to remember is that our elected officials are just humans, w/stinky feet, bad morning breath & stupid mistakes! Many feel they should be held to higher standards, but I'm fine w/holding them to the same standards as the rest of us! The word on Weiner is that he has some good ideas for the progress of the const.ituents & it would be a shame to lose that over a stupid mistake! If SC can forgive Sanford, I think NYC can forgive Weiner!!

    May 28, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Wake up People!

    Go Weiner!!!

    @Lynn. Thanks for the laugh girl! What kind of name is Weiner anyway?? I am sitting at my desk laughing so hard people are going to think I'm on something!

    May 28, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Dave

    Was that headline supposed to be funny?

    May 28, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. Sure, why not?

    New York City has been in a real downward spiral since Rudy G left office. If Weiner gets elected maybe he can finish them off, which would be great. NYC is nothing but a big city cesspool full of liberals wanting to run other people lives. It wouldn't bother me one bit if it slid into the Atlantic, along with San Franciso and LA into the Pacific. Good riddance.

    May 28, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. robert12121212

    For everyone quick to post about liberal democrats and forgiveness, etc, etc, sanford in SC just got elected and was equally guilty of trust and ethics violations (if not worse) You can't have it both ways... either people can grow and learn and be forgiven or they can't.

    May 28, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. ST

    I wish he could have given a chance to go to congress again. He was superb there. He really made every republican sweat and made them not feel comfortable at all.

    May 28, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. MaryM

    Cant be any worse than Mark Sanford that stole taxpayer funds to go off and have his affair. Then the SC taxpayers
    reelect the thief Sanford.

    May 28, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |