Weiner's poll numbers tumble
July 25th, 2013
01:20 PM ET
1 year 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. angeson

    Politically Dead On Arrival from self inflicted wounds. He couldnt win chairmanship of a perverts convention today.

    July 25, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. EPUnum

    This guys is a lying, no good, self serving, anti-empathetic, sociopath dirt bag. Don't do it New York. The End.

    July 25, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. gg

    Alex, blame media.

    July 25, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. angeson

    Tell em Budz. I'd vote for a weiner dog b4 giving that jerk any credit

    July 25, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Booger

    Poll numbers tumble? Really? You have to be kidding.

    July 25, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Demigod Vadik, CA

    Who knew...

    ...Democrats are actually harder on their candidates than Republicans who keep electing members who go down to Argentina for a fling, or guys who visit airport men bathrooms for some extracurricular activities...

    July 25, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    This should be a cautionary tale to any egotistical fool who thinks they can come back and not be a laughing stock. It won't matter what else he has done with his life, this is what will define him, the same way that Mark Sanford was defined, David Vitter, Eric Massa, Chris Lee, Mark Foley, etc. For anyone thinking that we will trust you, guess again. People who say give them a chance, I tell them no. There should be no sequels. Go away, Weiner.

    July 25, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Joe

    Rudy NYC wrote

    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.
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    Both candidates declared for their respective parties and not as independents. Weiner even has a prominent Democratic endorsement. Doesn't reflect well on the party should he win the primary, and unless the leadership comes out loudly discouraging his run then they appear to be quietly supporting it. Not that it matters as long as the parties keep offering up garbage and the public keeps eagerly consuming it.

    July 25, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    "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."
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    His royal highness gave a speech just the other day saying the economy was back. Why is legislation needed?

    July 25, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Roy

    weiner and obama can cry together regarding their poll numbers.

    July 25, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. rock

    He is still better than any republican!!! As long as he supports higher taxes on the rich, healthcare for all, and an expansion of welfare.... Who cares?!!!

    July 25, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. GetReal

    I get it. No one is perfect. But get the help you need, and step out of public life while you do it.

    July 25, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. ouch

    The party of choice for Women – Democrats

    July 25, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. DanWoods

    If Weiner wants to revive his political career he will have to become a Republican and move to South Carolina.

    July 25, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. gg

    MD Chester, remembered the health care bill for 911 NY fire fighters, big time with GOP in house.

    July 25, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. Romney is STILL NOT My Hero

    Weiner should weigh in on the $1 Coin debate. I'll bet it's "Change" He Can Believe In

    July 25, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. rc

    Weiner loses grip on lead..................you just can't make this stuff up!!

    July 25, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. Mindy

    The people forgave him, thinking he had repented and changed. But sociopaths never change.

    July 25, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Joe wrote:

    Both candidates declared for their respective parties and not as independents. Weiner even has a prominent Democratic endorsement. Doesn't reflect well on the party should he win the primary, and unless the leadership comes out loudly discouraging his run then they appear to be quietly supporting it.
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    Typical right wing mind set, authoritarian control of everything. Your ignorance of election law is on display. Anyone who gets together enough signatures to enter a primary can do so. Party leaders cannot stop them, because that would be illegal. A political party can endorse a candidate to run in a primary, but it is rarely done around here.

    July 25, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. leah

    Anthony Weiner is not serious about holding such an important job. He's just not serious.

    July 25, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. Pathetic Politicians

    It never ceases to amaze me how people will let politicians off the hook for things they should never have done in the first place. If a politician will lie to their husband or wife they will lie to us easily. These people are responsible for the citizenry, I am sick and tired of hearing how "they are only human", of course what else would they be but that does NOT excuse them. If you remember anything from my post it's that, politicians need to be held to a higher standard.

    July 25, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. 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 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Romney is STILL NOT My Hero

    @Fair is Fair

    Sounds like Weiner's out. Guess he didn't have as much stroke as he thought.
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    No, he stroked way too much and now his going to "finish" early.

    July 25, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. bam

    I like Weiner.

    July 25, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Data Driven

    Weiner: stupid
    Spitzer: an actual criminal
    Weiner: poll numbers tumbling
    Spitzer: comfortably ahead

    Conclusion: better to be a criminal than to be stupid in the USA in 2013

    July 25, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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