Weiner's poll numbers tumble
July 25th, 2013
01:20 PM ET
12 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. jag2power

    Please just leave already. If he gets elected and continues to do these very personal things as Mayor, boy he could be blackmailed big time and that is one of the main reasons he should drop out.

    July 25, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Bill, NY

    Makes me worry that if he were elected with his lack of self control, he might start working himself over while on the podium.

    July 25, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. average joe

    This guy is a narcissist, a liar, and an ego maniac. He is so power mad he can't see what a baffoon he is by continuing. Has he even thought about how he will tell his son about this someday? The coward will probably let him find out for himself. His lovely wife is doing everything she can to avoid the decision she needs to make. My heart goes out to her, and I hope she doesn't become paralyzed by her wishful thinking into becoming a fool as well.

    July 25, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    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.
    ----------------
    To what? "Whiner"? "Waner"? Complete change out, only to have the press later find out? "We're doomed", C3PO.

    July 25, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. gg

    I SUPPORT WIENER as long as he keeps fighting for the people as he always does, he will be the Mayor of NY, Wiener's privacy is own business.

    July 25, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. jake

    Come on, he's a sure fit for the job. We can always use a wacko in office, one wacko is not enough.

    July 25, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. EricAustin

    Honk If You've Sexted With Weiner.

    Seriously though ... It may be that your purpose in life is not to serve as a positive model to people but rather as a cautionary tale.

    July 25, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. MD Chester

    jag2power: That is an EXCELLENT observation!

    July 25, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. CalDude

    He's an addict, a porn/sex addict.
    And on top of that he's a perv.

    July 25, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. CalDude

    And he wants to be what?

    July 25, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Alger Dave

    OK, so in the leading city in this county (NY) the leading political party (the Dems) are split 50/50 as to whether his sexting and other crap matters to their vote. Wow. Do you think now would be a good time to close the public schools in NY and turn off the TV and internet signals? They've obviously had their desired effect, and then some. When you trumpet that traditional morals don't matter, eventually they actually don't.

    July 25, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. James

    These are the kinds of situations where people often pick party over character. Character matters and it's hard to have trust in a guy who has so little discipline as to continue this kind of tawdry behavior even after going through the political embarrassment that he did. How can you trust that he won't continue this behavior while mayor when he has incredible influence and power over people? I would rather not vote than vote for somebody like this.

    July 25, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. roccoenzo

    If you believe the polls as stated 47% of Democrats believe he should stay in the race? GET A CLUE. No way I would want some fool like this representing me. He needs to get over himself, withdraw from the race and get help for his issues. Why not put your wife at the same level as your ambition for political office and seek help?

    July 25, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. Blanche123

    You think he would have learned from last time...nothing like blowing a second chance. Get 'em outta here!

    July 25, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  15. cleareye1

    If only he could recover a sense of dignity he might survive outside government. Can any voter imagine what it will be like when it is discovered that he continued this behavior as mayor, maybe even worse things? How can anyone trust what he says?

    July 25, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    He did it again?!

    July 25, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  17. Lathrope

    A creep, is a creep, is a creep. He's not qualified to hold office.

    July 25, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Carolyn

    I keep having this disturbing vision of Weiner being elected mayor of New York and showing up for work wearing only a trench coat, black shoes and black socks.
    I think I need help.

    July 25, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. northerstar

    Thank goodness. Finally so light for the end of this madness!! Weiser is unfit to hold office.

    July 25, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. Alex

    gg....His only problem is that can't keep his "privates" his own business.

    July 25, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Budz

    I cant believe 16% would still vote for this guy... is not Ron Jeremy not available ?

    July 25, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Weiner's poll numbers tumble"

    The MSM wants to talk about ANYTHING but the GOP/Teatrolls' avoidance of any legislation that has anything whatsoever t do with helping the economy.

    FIFY.

    July 25, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. gg

    I rather vote for someone has a good character, but doesn't serve me or fight for me? Think twice..

    July 25, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. MD Chester

    gg: Again, a hollow and superficial comment. What did Weiner do "for the people"?

    July 25, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. Jon

    There are far too many career politicians as it is. What he's done in the past is probably minor compared to what other career politicians have done in the past and didn't get caught for.

    July 25, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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