(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.