Weiner still toward back of pack, according to poll
August 8th, 2013
06:37 PM ET
9 months ago

Weiner still toward back of pack, according to poll

(CNN) - Anthony Weiner, who once led the field of Democratic candidates for New York City mayor before the reemergence of a "sexting" scandal rocked his campaign, is currently in fourth place, a poll released Thursday showed.

The New York Times/Siena poll was the second survey showing the former congressman running behind three Democratic other hopefuls in the Big Apple. A Quinnipiac University poll released at the end of July also indicated Weiner had fallen in the aftermath of scandal.

In Thursday's survey, 25% of Democratic primary voters backed City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, while 16% supported former Comptroller Bill Thompson and 14% backed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Weiner was at 10%.

In the poll, no candidate reached the 40% threshold needed to avoid a run-off.

Weiner admitted in July to sending raunchy messages and photos to women online as early as last summer. He left Congress in 2011 after admitting to similar acts.

Despite calls from some of his rivals to drop his bid, Weiner has pressed on, saying voters should have the ultimate say in who represents them at City Hall.

In the race for comptroller, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer leads his Democratic rival Scott Stringer 44%-35%. Stringer currently serves as Manhattan borough president.

The New York Times/Siena University poll was conducted by telephone from August 2-7 from 505 registered Democrats. The sampling error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Spitzer, the former governor, was forced from office over a prostitution scandal in 2008.


Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Eliot Spitzer • New York
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Tracy Carpenter

    This should be no surprise to anyone, except apparently, to Wiener.

    August 8, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. simplefaith

    It is clear that Weiner has a mental problem and needs help. How can he take care of New York City when he can't even help himself. He has a cumplusive disorder which can affect his handling of his job in making the right decisions. Hope he comes to his senses and take himself off the ballet.

    August 8, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    We all have our shortcomings and most of us don't have to live under a spotlight. That being said, I don't think this man has the impulse control to be an effective leader.

    August 8, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. ja

    Man go home, can!t you take a low profile

    August 8, 2013 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  5. Janet

    Wow..they called 500 people out of 6 MILLION New Yorkers ...Surveys are a waste of time and are used for Media propaganda

    August 9, 2013 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  6. THomas

    Crazy world !

    August 9, 2013 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  7. A Kickin' Donkey

    Quinn, the Lesbian, supports STOP & FRISK. She's a user. She support her civil rights for marriage equality but, as mayor, would continue to infringe on the rights of the BLACK & LATINO males that get harassed via S&F. She does not deserve [get] a true liberals vote for this reason.

    August 9, 2013 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  8. donna

    I could see people voting for Spitzer. He's just a very smart and well-spoken guy. But you can't trust Weiner. Yet he's got nothing to lose by staying in the race, but his wife's face. The longer he stays, the more shame she endures.

    August 9, 2013 02:12 am at 2:12 am |