Polls tell different stories in Spitzer's comeback bid
July 25th, 2013
02:00 PM ET
9 months ago

Polls tell different stories in Spitzer's comeback bid

(CNN) – Eliot Spitzer is ahead in his race for New York City's top financial post, two polls released Thursday showed, though his advantage differed wildly in the two surveys.

A Quinnipiac University survey showed Spitzer edging out Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, his main rival for the Democratic comptroller nomination, by a four point margin among likely Democratic primary voters. Spitzer stood at 49% while Stringer was at 45%.

But a second poll from NBC4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist among Democrats likely to vote in the September primary indicated a much larger 12-point gap between the two candidates. That survey showed Spitzer at 48% and Stringer at 36%.

"Among Democratic primary likely voters, who are assumed to be more informed, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer are in a real race" said Maurice Carroll, the director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Women voters, Carroll noted, were divided between the two candidates, despite loud criticism of Spitzer from some women's groups.

Spitzer served as New York governor until 2008, when he resigned after admitting to having sex with prostitutes.

Speaking on CNN's "Piers Morgan Live" Wednesday, Stringer claimed name recognition was largely responsible for Spitzer's lead in polls.

"You know what happens? The person with those liabilities starts out ahead because of name recognition. At the end of the day, voters realize what is happening and vote for the candidate they believe will represent them. That candidate gets elected," Stringer said.

Spitzer's campaign, responding to Thursday's polls, said they were "pleased" with their position in the campaign.

The Quinnipiac poll was conducted by telephone July 18-23 from 507 likely Democratic primary voters, and had a sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

The NBC4/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey was taken by telephone over a single day, July 24, from 1,199 adults in New York City, including 551 registered Democrats. For the Democrats, the sampling error was plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. California Gary

    I'll say this for Spitzer........when he has a problem, he goes to a "professional"........

    July 25, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    -just askin

    so where is the proof of this discrimination??? far left lunatics jumping up and down and making baseless allegations is proof of nothing.
    **************
    Funny, it sounds rather liek the arguments the Right uses to implement the laws designed to prevent voter fraud: Laws designed to correct a non-existant problem, except that racial discrimination is very real (Unlike the Right's accusations of systemsic voter fraud and intimidation), and the GOP's attempts at gerrymandering are just the latest way for them to fight a delaying action while they figure out more ways to antagonise minority and women voters.

    July 25, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Dude on the left looks like a rodent dreaming about a rawhide chew.

    July 25, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. just sayin

    client-9 must serve time for his criminal activities before asking for public office. he must think the people of nyc are real idiots who don't care if they elect a criminal whose job it was to enforce the very laws he was breaking.

    July 25, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. just askin

    The Real Tom Paine
    -just askin
    so where is the proof of this discrimination??? far left lunatics jumping up and down and making baseless allegations is proof of nothing.
    **************
    Funny, it sounds rather liek the arguments the Right uses to implement the laws designed to prevent voter fraud: Laws designed to correct a non-existant problem, except that racial discrimination is very real
    -–
    well if it is 'very real' you and the leftist democrats should have no problem with offering concrete evidence of it. yet you offer zero, none, nada.

    (Unlike the Right's accusations of systemsic voter fraud and intimidation), and the GOP's attempts at gerrymandering are just the latest way for them to fight a delaying action while they figure out more ways to antagonise minority and women voters.
    -–

    democrats invented gerrymandering when they carved out odd and bizarre shaped districts in order to guarantee minority seats in congress. now you complain about others using the very same tactic? more than a bit of a hypocrite aren't you? and when democrats gerrymander districts to get minorities elected, why did that not disenfranchise white voters living in those districts? it has been shown that blacks especially vote based on race. what about their rights? do they not count?

    July 25, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -just sayin

    client-9 must serve time for his criminal activities before asking for public office. he must think the people of nyc are real idiots who don't care if they elect a criminal whose job it was to enforce the very laws he was breaking.
    ***************
    Wishful thinking. The wealthy can buy a defense none of us could ever afford. He's in denial if he thinks he has not been defined by his arrogance. Everyone, regardless of party, should never embrace someene who claims to have learned their lesson and pronounced themselves cured.

    July 25, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Data Driven

    Well, Stringer, you better hope you're right about the "end of the day". Cuz right now, Client 9 is whipping you. I'd say that's rather embarrassing.

    July 25, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. Larry in Houston

    it amazes me that this is what we have in American politics – there is way more & way smarter people in this country to get into a public office – but here s what we've got to put up with. It seems like we've to constantly vote for the lesser of the 2 evils.( or dumb & dumber) (or worthless or more worthless)

    July 25, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Steveo

    @Larry in Houston

    it amazes me that this is what we have in American politics – there is way more & way smarter people in this country to get into a public office – but here s what we've got to put up with. It seems like we've to constantly vote for the lesser of the 2 evils.( or dumb & dumber) (or worthless or more worthless)
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    Sadly being smart is not enough. You need:
    1. Name recognition
    2. Money watching your back.
    Without those, it over before it even got started!

    July 25, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. just askin

    Larry in Houston

    it amazes me that this is what we have in American politics – there is way more & way smarter people in this country to get into a public office – but here s what we've got to put up with. It seems like we've to constantly vote for the lesser of the 2 evils.( or dumb & dumber) (or worthless or more worthless)
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    why do people presume that spitzer's challenger is anything like him??? spitzer has name recognition and for all the wrong reasons! he is an uncharged criminal. his challenger should be polling at 90%!! nyc voters will show themselves as complete idiots if they elect spitzer and/or weiner. the default vote should always go to the non-criminal candidate. geesh.... don't they cover this in voting 101?

    July 25, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |