Poll: Weiner takes the edge in New York City race
June 25th, 2013
07:48 PM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Weiner takes the edge in New York City race

(CNN) - A little more than a month after entering New York City’s high-profile mayoral race, Anthony Weiner has inched ahead for the first time in the crowded Democratic primary, a new poll indicates.

The former congressman has support among 25% of registered Democrats, with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the longtime front-runner in the race, coming in at 20%, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal, NBC New York and Marist.

Weiner's five percentage point advantage falls within the survey's sampling error, meaning the two are statistically tied.

Following Weiner and Quinn were former Comptroller Bill Thompson at 13%, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio at 10% and city Comptroller John Liu at 8%.

Weiner made a dramatic re-entry into politics last month after spending two years out of the limelight. The former congressman resigned two years ago in his seventh term after being caught and admitting to sending lewd messages to women via social media.

Quinn held a strong advantage over Weiner as recently as May 22, when a Quinnipiac University survey showed the city council speaker in the top spot at 25% among registered Democrats and Weiner behind at 15%. The same poll showed that nearly half of New Yorkers at the time didn't think Weiner should enter the race.

Although he trailed Quinn in the polls when he announced his run, Weiner’s support has increased steadily during the race. Quinn, on the other hand, has seen her numbers decline, with 20% marking her lowest level of support since polling began.

In the new survey, Weiner has the lead over Quinn among male Democrats, 29% to 19%, and a slight edge over his opponent among female Democrats, 22% to 21%. The latter is well within the survey's sampling error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

For the survey, 689 Democrats were questioned by telephone from June 17 to 21.

Democrats face off in a September 10 primary, with the general election taking place November 5.

In a city where Democrats greatly outnumber Republicans, the winner of the Democratic primary would be considered the favorite in November's race. Recent polls have showed the Democratic nominee with an advantage over the Republican pick in hypothetical matchups.

- CNN’s Ashley Killough and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: Anthony Weiner • New York • Polls
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Joe

    People in New York City deserve whatever they get if they elect this I D I O T into office.

    June 26, 2013 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  2. motorfirebox

    Conservative complaining about Weiner's comeback while ignoring Mark Sanford in three... two... one...

    June 26, 2013 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  3. nuclear mike

    If "Hot Dawg" man is elected then you can assume New York political offices are for sale and I guess when Hillary showed up in New York and was elected there as a Senator then "Hot Dawg" man can expect to be elected too.

    June 26, 2013 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  4. Mel Stricker

    The NY Mayors race is just another case that proves that people don't care what you do as long as your name is in the news.

    LOL, The first naked mayor.

    June 26, 2013 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  5. BD70

    They might as well reinstate Elliot Spitzer. What is wrong with these people.....

    June 26, 2013 03:47 am at 3:47 am |
  6. Steve

    ....N.Y.'s little weenie slips back in! ...embarassing!

    June 26, 2013 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  7. jimmyva18

    Would it surprise anyone that Democrats would elect this piece of dirt? Libs are low-info, useful idiot voters. No morals – is the new America.

    June 26, 2013 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  8. jimmyva18

    Democrats will vote anyone in. No morals rules the day for the liberal.

    June 26, 2013 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  9. Emma Morrow

    This says everything you need to know about Modern Democrats.

    June 26, 2013 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  10. DC

    If Weiner and Bloomturd are the best that NYC can come up with, then New Yawkers deserve as many soda bans and 'meat tweets' as they can swallow

    June 26, 2013 05:14 am at 5:14 am |
  11. downwithnazis

    I will be voting for Mr. Weiner for Mayor.

    June 26, 2013 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  12. hkirwin

    When compared to the average lib he actually rates a bit higher in charater and moral values.

    June 26, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  13. Marie MD

    What Weiner did was stupid and childish and while I don't agree with it one bit I rather vote for him than for the Appalachian/Argentina hiker (whose kids hadn't met his mistress until election night plus he went to see her during Father Day's weekend! What a dad!) or vitter and his ladies of the night.

    June 26, 2013 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  14. AmericanVet

    Of course New York city is majority Democrat. All "Takers"

    June 26, 2013 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  15. mike Lake Orion Michigan

    Americans are dumb!

    June 26, 2013 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  16. Snakeone

    New York will elect a degenerate. Sounds right

    June 26, 2013 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  17. harleydavidson

    This is a sure sign that the USA is morally decadent when Americans are now supporting perverts.

    June 26, 2013 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  18. DontBeAfraid

    Doesn't NYC already have a "weiner" in office ??

    June 26, 2013 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  19. Jim Bob

    What does it mean "Inched Ahead"?

    June 26, 2013 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  20. Jim Bob

    At least he's the only guy running with nothing to hide... 🙂

    June 26, 2013 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  21. Lockerius

    I guess "judgment" wasn't an important consideration to those who threw their support behind Weiner?

    June 26, 2013 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  22. blah blah

    Inching ahead and any weiner knows; inches matter.

    June 26, 2013 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  23. us_1776

    NY has always been about 2nd chances.


    June 26, 2013 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  24. BigAl

    same ijits that voted for marion barry

    June 26, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  25. Mike

    This is why there needs to be instant run-off voting rather than straight up and down voting. While Weiner has the plurality vote so far in the primary, wouldn't you guess that he would not be the second, third or fourth choices on so many people's ballots? Ranking the candidates, then eliminating from the bottom one at a time, would allow people to both vote for whoever they wanted and vote against whoever they wanted without fear that one or the other would get compromised.

    June 26, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
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