[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