[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/20/art.bloomberg.gi.jpg caption="Bloomberg has a clear lead in the New York City's mayoral race."](CNN) - With less than six weeks left until Election Day, a new poll suggests that Michael Bloomberg holds a 16 point lead over his closest rival in the New York City mayor's bid for a third term.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday morning, 52 percent of likely New York City voters support Bloomberg, an Independent, with 36 percent backing New York City Comptroller William Thompson, who recently won the Democratic primary for mayor, and two percent supporting Conservative Party candidate Stephen Christopher.
The poll indicates that Bloomberg leads Thompson 75 to 12 percent among Republicans and 61 to 25 percent among independent voters, with each candidate grabbing 46 percent of Democrats votes.
The survey also suggests that white voters back Bloomberg 62 to 26 percent while African-Americans back Thompson 53 to 35 percent. Hispanic voters questioned in the poll say they back Bloomberg 53 to 37 percent.
"Comptroller William Thompson, fresh from a big Democratic primary win, got no post-primary bounce in his campaign to unseat Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He has a 16-point mountain to climb and less than six weeks to do it," says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted September 16-21, with 1,513 New York City likely voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report
Wonder how many of the right-wing idiots that we've seen holding signs that say "throw all incumbents out" are supporting Bloomberg?
New Yoikas luv dictators-for-life in charge of the city.
We need Bloomberg to run from President in 2012. The two parties Republican and Democratic are corrupt and an independent candidate like Bloomberg would be a refreshing change. President Obama's 35 Czars, use of ACORN in the last election, healthcare plan and gag order on insurance companies make him one of the most corrupt Presidents since Richard Nixon. I think it is time for an independent President. Bloomberg is Change that we actually can believe in.
Anyone but a Democrat!! Take our Country back.
This just goes to show you if you are doing a good job the people will support you regardless of your politics....Bloomberg has done as good of job as anyone could do with the economy as it is.....He speaks his mind & is very much on top of things in the city of NY...Someone needs to explain this to Gov Patterson & his wife, the Gov being blind has nothing to do with how people feel about how he is NOT doing his job...it is his performance....& the president should be concerned about the politics of NY he is the leader of the democratic party.....
None of the health care plans proposed by Congress have included Americans in the US territories of Guam, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico with a guarantee of parity. I guess we are not good enough to buy insurance across state lines, but we are good enough to shed our blood to defend our country during the draft. If illegal aliens can get medicaid in the states, then shouldn't law abiding Americans get health care too? Remember Mr. Bloomberg and Mr. Obama, Puerto Ricans and Virgin Islanders in New York vote for president and congress.
Wow. How can the liberal city of NY vote for a self made millionaire? Don't they hate that kind of millionaire? O, that's right, he is not really an independent. If he was, how could he back such draconian gun control laws, expansion of welfare rolls, and Obamacare?
Heidi, I just don't understand why is it, that everything our President do it is always in question, for instance he is hosting the security council meeting and setting standards for neuclar weapons and you are asking all of your guest if it has teeth, they don't know, if they were such experts they should be on his staff. I do beleive that this president no matter what he do is totally under the microscope by you conservative news casters who just like anyone else you just want him to fail.
As a Moderate Democrat, I like and respect Mike Bloomberg. He has fixed the city of New York for the better, and deserves reelection.
He's done a better job than Mr. 9/11.
Two things have bothered me initially about Bloomberg, involving snow. When it snows, he whines it's $1Million an inch for the NYC to remove the snow. and he didn't want us to throw snow in the street while digging out our cars. (Like, I lived in an apartment then, so where was I supposed to put the snow? In my pockets? In my trunk?) Major turn off for me regarding Bloomberg. Now, he has managed to extend mayoral term limits so he can buy his way into a third term. Pure self-serving arrogance. What if some future mayor gets to extend term limits to an even longer period of time? No way you say??? I thought that's what was said about a two term NYC mayorship. Bloomberg wants to be NYC's czar, who will take more and more of our freedom of rights away.
I think everyone has to stop looking at who is running for a post, replacing a post or entering to fill a post.
The question is not about race, disability or party.
Its about who aligns with the goals that need to be met in these
Each of us has been asked to change. Its part of the process.
Government positions are not a given. They have to fit a pattern.
These are extreme events that we need to address. It should be about the best person for the job.
Just look how NYC was under Democrat lib rule, compared to the prosperious times under Rudi and Mike where they cleaned the city up and reduced crime in a way never thought imaginable.
Rudi started it all, and Bloomburg has continued it, for anyone there to want to go back to people getting shot in the streets daily like Obama-land (Chicago) is beyond insane. Even selfish, hateful, narcisistic libs don't want to be shot, well most anyway.
Bloomberg will not Win.
This is just a Superficial Poll.