Weiner's poll numbers tumble
July 25th, 2013
01:20 PM ET
9 years ago

Weiner's poll numbers tumble

(CNN) - A new poll conducted entirely after Anthony Weiner admitted to lewd chats a year after such sexting forced him to resign from Congress indicates that the Democratic New York City mayoral candidate's support among voters has dropped significantly.

According to an NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey released Thursday, 16% of registered Democrats now say they'd vote for Weiner for mayor in September's Democratic primary. That's down nine percentage points from the last Marist survey, conducted in late June. In that poll Weiner stood at 25%, with New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at 20%. Now Quinn leads Weiner 25%-16%.

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The new poll was conducted Wednesday, one day after Weiner held a news conference to admit to sending lusty messages more than a year after resigning from Congress for the same dubious habits.

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Positive views of Weiner have nosedived, according to the poll. Fifty-five percent now say they have an unfavorable view of the former seven-term congressman who represented parts of Brooklyn and Queens, up 19 points from late last month. And his favorable rating has dropped during the same time period 22-points, to 30%.

"For many Democrats the latest revelations about Anthony Weiner are more of the same, only more so," says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. "Weiner has lost his lead and his negatives are at an all-time high."

Some of his opponents in the race for the Democratic mayoral nomination, as well as some other New York City politicians, have called on Weiner to drop his bid. Do New Yorkers agree?

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Forty-seven percent of Democrats questioned say Weiner should stay in the race, with 43% saying he needs to call it quits and one in ten unsure.

Does Weiner's sexting matter to Democratic voters?

Forty-six percent say his on-line relationships with other women will impact their vote, with 49% saying they will make only a minor impact or not matter at all.

In Tuesday's extraordinary news conference, Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, pleaded for voters to forgive the embattled candidate. Unlike his public resignation two years ago, Abedin spoke up for her husband this week, saying she's pushing beyond Weiner's problems and urged others to do the same.

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But it appears her commitment to her husband does little to help his mayoral chances. Nearly three-quarters of Democrats questioned say Abedin's support has no impact on how much trust they have in Weiner to be mayor, with 15% saying her backing makes them more likely to trust him and 12% saying it makes them less likely to do so.

Does Weiner deserve another chance?

Forty-seven percent say yes, with 45% saying he does not have the character to be mayor.

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In the Democratic horserace, there's a slight gender divide, with Quinn edging out Weiner 24%-20% among men and leading 26%-3% among women.

In the overall race, after Quinn at 25% and Weiner at 16%, former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio both stand at 14%, with the remaining Democratic candidates in single digits and nearly one in five undecided.

The NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll was conducted on July 24, with 1,199 New York City adults, including 970 registered voters and 551 registered Democrats, questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error for questions of registered Democrats is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. Tommy G

    Mayor Weiner???? And just when you thought it couldn't get any worse than that billionaire moron that wants to control everybody's life. Come NYC, you have 18,000,000 people iving there! IS Anthony Weiner the best you can do? If that is the case, then you are sooooo scarrude!

    July 25, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. linerbiner

    I am not a New Yorker, so am viewing this from a distance, but I would ask, can't we do better than him? As far as his wife forgiving him, I can't criticize that at all, in fact I admire her ability to do so, but at the end of the day why should that affect the voters' decision? It just seems like his life is a train wreck at the moment and it's not the time to be seeking public office, but it is the time to get some help PRIVATELY

    July 25, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. dan

    "In the Democratic horserace, there's a SLIGHT gender divide, with Quinn edging out Weiner 24%-20% among men and leading 26%-3% among women."
    SLIGHT??? He has 20% of the men's vote and 3% of the women's vote. You call that a SLIGHT gender divide. What would be a large gender divide?

    July 25, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Steveo

    Maybe, just maybe New Yorkers don't have much love for Weiner after all. Maybe, maybe they just have less love for his Dem opponent. Very possible!

    July 25, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Weiner has surpassed the mutant from AK in comments. There were over 1,000 just a few days ago and almost 500 on another post.
    Way to go weiner.

    July 25, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -Tommy G

    Mayor Weiner???? And just when you thought it couldn't get any worse than that billionaire moron that wants to control everybody's life. Come NYC, you have 18,000,000 people iving there! IS Anthony Weiner the best you can do? If that is the case, then you are sooooo scarrude!

    What is even more sad is that you think 18 million people live in NYC. Its about half that. Read a little before you post, or is a misinformed post the best you can do? Typical no-information rightie voter.

    July 25, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Fubarack

    "so you're saying there is a chance" Lloyd Christmas

    July 25, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Jeff

    He's a democrat.....with horrible scandals. Don't liberals love this (zero morals)?

    Vote the guy in. He is perfect for New York.

    July 25, 2013 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Yakobi

    Stupid voters always get the representation they deserve: Kwame Kilpatrick, Rod Blagojevich, Al Franken, Jesse Ventura, Marion Berry, Barney Frank, Charles Rangel, Michael Bloomberg, and Anthony Weiner, just to name a few.

    July 25, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. Me


    He will run and he will win. He is VERY strong Dem. If any of you have seem him perform on the floor, the man is awesome. How do you think this scandal started in the 1st place....you got the Republicans, because they did not want to face him in the future. They were proactive and he was just plain stupid. He had moment and did the right thing. It's over – think Clinton and his approval rating barely took a dip and the country ran just fine.

    Cant's wait to the backlash on that last comment. Hehehehe.
    LOL, only Liberals could blame this on republicans!!! WOW just WOW, when will the blaming end with you people, take some responsibility for your lives?!?!?! Pathetic!

    July 25, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. Mini

    It is sad they are attacking this couple. No 2 couples relationship is the same. Picture this what if it was a turn on for them both and they just don't want people in their business? Who cares if someone's relationship is Rocky that is between them... I like to have fun with my man who cares if it bends someone's thought of moral fiber my view are not connected to that i love helping my community and babysitting neighborhood friends of my kids but private time is just that private time. They are committed to each other not in prison she obviously doesn't mind why do we again?

    July 25, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. JohnAB1

    Viewing this from a distance (2100 miles) I cannot see how he could win. Doesn't this show a lack of decent morality? Doesn't this show someone who doesn't know right from wrong? Can you trust this guy? Don't live in New York, so I don't see why he is a viable candidate. He must be one heck of a good speaker!

    July 25, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. Ana

    In my opinion anyone who has control over others in any capacity, political, educational, religious, military, law enforcement etc. takes on the responsibility to set a positive example and be a roll model for those they represent. No one is perfect, but serious personal problems should be handled with discretion instead of humiliating and embarrassing themselves and their family. With the psycological problems Weiner has, he should not even consider running for anything. He has shown himself to be emotionally deficient and deceitful without moral character.

    July 25, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  14. kvan

    How can this guy be taken seriously when his junk is all over the internet. Imagine as a woman having to take a meeting with this guy. Gross.

    July 25, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  15. Silly Libber

    Dems are really pickin' some winners! Can't do better than this clown, can they. Watch them elect him president next. You'd doubt it, but hey they chose Barry!

    July 25, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  16. ceo1greed

    this guy is making Newt look like an honest candidate....just drop out already you loser!!!!

    July 25, 2013 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  17. Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

    New Yorkers are seriously considering putting an addict into the office of Mayor? Wow!

    July 26, 2013 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
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