Poll: Lopsided race for mayor in Big Apple
September 18th, 2013
10:37 AM ET
10 months ago

Poll: Lopsided race for mayor in Big Apple

(CNN) – With just over six weeks until November's general election, a new poll indicates that Democrat Bill de Blasio has a commanding 43 percentage point lead over Republican Joe Lhota in the race for mayor of New York City.

According to a new NBC4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey, de Blasio, the city's public advocate, tops Lhota, the former chairman of New York's transit authority and deputy mayor to then GOP Mayor Rudy Giuliani, 65%-22% among likely voters. Independent candidate and former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion stands at 3%.

Last week de Blasio, an unabashed liberal, came out on top of a crowded Democratic primary field, with Lhota easily capturing the GOP nomination. Although Democrats predominate in the nation's largest city, it's been two decades since a Democrat ran city hall.

The winner of the November election will succeed three-term independent Mayor Michael Bloomberg. According to the poll, nearly seven in ten registered voters in Gotham want the next mayor to move the city in a different direction, with one in four saying the next mayor should continue Bloomberg's policies.

The NBC4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll was conducted September 15-16, with 1,216 New Yorkers, including 930 registered voters and 632 likely voters questioned by telephone. The sampling error for likely voters is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    You can thank current mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial third term for the lop-sided numbers towards a Democrat. His honor totally betrayed the public trust by running an end around on the term limits, which were set by pubilc referendum.

    One would think that only another public referendum could or should be used to overturn it. Not so. Another Republican Mayor of NYC? Not so on that, either.

    September 18, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Progressivism is here to stay!

    September 18, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. kirk

    Changing term limits is a no no.now your party pays. Echo this next November after the coming circus act from the gop

    September 18, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Malory Archer

    Nice spin there CNN. Had the poll results been reversed your headline would have been something along the lines of "Lhota Poised to Hand Dem challenger His Backside in Upcoming Election"

    September 18, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. just asking

    Rudy NYC
    You can thank current mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial third term for the lop-sided numbers towards a Democrat.
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    but bloomberg was a far left progressive! massive gun control, regulating drink sizes, stop and frisk for the collective good, etc.

    September 18, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Sniffit

    That would be a direct result of the lopsided quality of the candidates. Lhota is just another GOP plutocrat puppet.

    September 18, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    just asking wrote:

    but bloomberg was a far left progressive! massive gun control, regulating drink sizes, stop and frisk for the collective good, etc.
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    Oh-Kay. Whatever floats your boat there, skipper. I don't know how to respond to that, but I know who can respond. MEDIC.

    September 18, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |