Weiner's poll numbers tumble
July 25th, 2013
01:20 PM ET
9 months ago

Weiner's poll numbers tumble

(CNN) – A new poll conducted entirely after Anthony Weiner admitted to lewd chats a year after such sexting forced him to resign from Congress indicates that the Democratic New York City mayoral candidate's support among voters has dropped significantly.

According to an NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey released Thursday, 16% of registered Democrats now say they'd vote for Weiner for mayor in September's Democratic primary. That's down nine percentage points from the last Marist survey, conducted in late June. In that poll Weiner stood at 25%, with New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at 20%. Now Quinn leads Weiner 25%-16%.

The new poll was conducted Wednesday, one day after Weiner held a news conference to admit to sending lusty messages more than a year after resigning from Congress for the same dubious habits.

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Positive views of Weiner have nosedived, according to the poll. Fifty-five percent now say they have an unfavorable view of the former seven-term congressman who represented parts of Brooklyn and Queens, up 19 points from late last month. And his favorable rating has dropped during the same time period 22-points, to 30%.

"For many Democrats the latest revelations about Anthony Weiner are more of the same, only more so," says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. "Weiner has lost his lead and his negatives are at an all-time high."

Some of his opponents in the race for the Democratic mayoral nomination, as well as some other New York City politicians, have called on Weiner to drop his bid. Do New Yorkers agree?

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Forty-seven percent of Democrats questioned say Weiner should stay in the race, with 43% saying he needs to call it quits and one in ten unsure.

Does Weiner's sexting matter to Democratic voters?

Forty-six percent say his on-line relationships with other women will impact their vote, with 49% saying they will make only a minor impact or not matter at all.

In Tuesday's extraordinary news conference, Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, pleaded for voters to forgive the embattled candidate. Unlike his public resignation two years ago, Abedin spoke up for her husband this week, saying she's pushing beyond Weiner's problems and urged others to do the same.

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But it appears her commitment to her husband does little to help his mayoral chances. Nearly three-quarters of Democrats questioned say Abedin's support has no impact on how much trust they have in Weiner to be mayor, with 15% saying her backing makes them more likely to trust him and 12% saying it makes them less likely to do so.

Does Weiner deserve another chance?

Forty-seven percent say yes, with 45% saying he does not have the character to be mayor.

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In the Democratic horserace, there's a slight gender divide, with Quinn edging out Weiner 24%-20% among men and leading 26%-3% among women.

In the overall race, after Quinn at 25% and Weiner at 16%, former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio both stand at 14%, with the remaining Democratic candidates in single digits and nearly one in five undecided.

The NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll was conducted on July 24, with 1,199 New York City adults, including 970 registered voters and 551 registered Democrats, questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error for questions of registered Democrats is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: Anthony Weiner • New York • Polls
soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    Sounds like Weiner's out. Guess he didn't have as much stroke as he thought.

    July 25, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    People have been known to change their minds.....

    July 25, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Bozi

    Do we really have to have this guy running NY!!!

    July 25, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Daniel

    Looks like Weiner has gone down?

    July 25, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Jen

    Before he's got the job, before the primaries, when there's still time to choose someone else? It's a no-brainer. I'm not saying someone should lose a job because of what they do as a consenting adult, but he doesn't have the job yet, and the Democrats have to choose the person with the best chance of winning the seat. Why is he even still in the race?

    July 25, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. Geewizz

    Carols Danger will soon have all the time in the world to continue his sexting.

    July 25, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. B'Lee Dat

    From shaving to shoe shining...His poll numbers don't lie

    July 25, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Disfavorable up by 19, and disfavorable down by 22. That's more than a 40 point swing, Mr. Weiner. It's time. Let me put it in terms you should understand. Staying in the race does not help you. It will only hurt you.

    July 25, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Joe

    The public supporters and the party leadership should be ashamed of backing people like Weiner and Sanford. These guys have proven themselves untrustworthy to the people closest to them...why should their constituents trust them?! No wonder it is said we get the government we deserve if this is the best we can do!

    July 25, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. Boo

    He'll drop out by the end of this month....GUARANTEE IT.

    July 25, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. Tom

    Duh. Weiner is toast. He should do the right thing and get out of the race before he embarrasses himself and the Democratic party any further.

    July 25, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. Andy from Brooklyn

    As the NY legend Jerome Middleman would say, "We gotta get rid of that piece of garbage {exclamation point}"

    July 25, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Thomas

    The guy needs help .

    Being mayor of New York is not the help he needs .

    July 25, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Anthony

    It is sad to see that the desire for power allows you to miss what is truly important. Evidently, his wife and child are notihng as he is willing to degrade them just for a taste of it.

    July 25, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. JERSEYTOMATO

    What a sad state for our country when this is the best NY can produce for mayoral candidates. Very sad.

    July 25, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    He shoud have changed the pronunciation of his last name like joe theisman did.
    That name and his looks couldn't have been easy for him.

    July 25, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Mike

    Forget the morality of it, I have serious doubts on his desicion making capability. If he can not make smart decisions for his own career, how can we trust him to make the right decisions for the people of New York. You're done!

    July 25, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. VenomByte

    Seems his supporters have disappeared into the dark. Time to grab the fleshlight and see if you can get them up and on your side again.

    July 25, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. gg

    Weiner still my hero, he's a fighter against party of No and Do nothing, care about average people.

    July 25, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    Weiner is NOT a good man to lead the largest city in America.

    July 25, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. Bubba Ray

    If Sanford can run for office again, why not Weiner? Maybe we'll find out voters in NYC have more sense those in South Carolina.

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

    Why dies EVERY picture of this guy show him with his lips inside his mouth?

    July 25, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. Dan

    They forgot to count the votes that went to Carlos Danger, his total would be around the same if those were included.

    July 25, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. Yunice

    Hey Big Apple! Please take a lesson from San Diego and don't vote this guy into office. We have quite a mess to sort out here!

    July 25, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Joe wrote

    The public supporters and the party leadership should be ashamed of backing people like Weiner and Sanford.
    ---------------
    What makes you think the NYC Democratic party is backing Weiner? Right wing media pundits? BTW, the Republican Party did not back Sanford during his House race.

    July 25, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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