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)

    just sit down. A good name is better than silver and Gold

    July 25, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. California

    One of the democrats poster boys.

    July 25, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Truth

    This guy will eventually be the subject of a "Law & Order: SVU" episode. Count on it.

    July 25, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. WeinerIsMoreQualified

    Christine Quinn is frightening. A scary, scary woman. I'll be voting for Anthony because of how he had performed while in office. I'm not judging him based on some total BS scandal that's been concocted by the media. If JFK had twitter, he would have been sending the same kinds of messages. I couldn't care less about that crap and I hope the other voters of nyc feel the same way and don't let the media bulldoze the only intellectually qualified candidate's chance at office. The people around the country voicing their opinions just sound like idiots, they know nothing about the whole situation.

    July 25, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. RG

    What a Weiner!

    July 25, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Ron G

    Half of the Democrats STILL support him! THAT is the story, I think. What a bunch of stupid citizens! That's how this country got to be in such a horrible condition.

    July 25, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Bo

    The man needs to seek help, not to seek office. He might actually have the ability to be a good Mayor for NYC, but until he gets rehabilitated from his addiction (that's what it is, obviously), he will keep falling back into this pit and he will bring the city down with him. He needs to put his priorities in order- until (and unless) his house is made right, he is in no shape to lead the biggest city in the U.S.

    July 25, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. denver

    Weiner's support becomes flaccid in response to scandal! Film at 11!

    July 25, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. JP

    TO Ron G.
    Mark Sanford.....Enough said.

    July 25, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Steveo


    Do we really have to have this guy running NY!!!
    Who knows? He might even let you buy a Big Gulp!

    July 25, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Sean

    If he can't keep a promise to his wife, why would I trust any of his campaign promises? I'm a die hard Dem but I'd vote republican before I allowed someone of such low character to represent me. Enough is enough with this guy!

    July 25, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. 1CentFree

    What do you expect from a guy named Weiner? If this is his behavior as an adult in the public spotlight, can you imagine what he was like in his early years?!? Total LOSER.

    July 25, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Cheetahe

    NY deserves this Wiener.....
    It is ironic that the so called Eastern establishment goes for wieners like him.

    July 25, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. just sayin

    and the lesson to be learned is.... once a weiner, always a weiner. don't be that guy.

    July 25, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Michael

    It's funny how ostensibly conservative commenters on this blog are outraged that Weiner still has so much support. I wonder if those same people are outraged that Mark Sanford got elected again in South Carolina after cheating on his wife and abandoning his post while traveling on the state dime to visit his mistress in Argentina. Somehow I doubt they'd care about that one yet I'm sure they were screaming for Bill Clinton's impeachment. And for the Democrats on here talking about what a BS scandal this is,you're even stupider than the Republicans. Weiner has shown incredibly poor judgment and even greater difficulty being honest. This guy no longer has any credibility to hold elected office.

    July 25, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. gg

    "That's how this country got to be in such a horrible condition"
    Ron G, Wiener is not the problem, the problem is the party of no and do nothing.

    July 25, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. it must be said

    Ron G
    Half of the Democrats STILL support him! THAT is the story, I think. What a bunch of stupid citizens! That's how this country got to be in such a horrible condition.

    Well, most of the support for Democrats does come from criminals and free loaders and young useful idiots that don't have a clue about the real world.

    July 25, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. Independent

    I can forgive the first time but when you do it again AFTER saying you would stop, that is when I can't forgive.

    July 25, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Is this fool a Republican too?

    July 25, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. thenewsjunkie

    How would Weiner find anyone competent in public policy and city government leadership to work in a Mayor Weiner administration? No one who values his or her reputation – someone who is an effective responsible leader,- would ever go to work for him at City Hall now. NYC would be doomed to four years of bad governing and ineffective leadership if he were to somehow pull out a win still.

    July 25, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Pastor Randy Edgar

    I just don't understand how a party can support this guy and the #2 he even be allowed to run for office.

    July 25, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. MrBeenThere

    "Half of the Democrats STILL support him! THAT is the story, I think. What a bunch of stupid citizens! That's how this country got to be in such a horrible condition."
    Can we say Hypocrite........................
    I remember just reading about a Republican telling not just one but two women recently he wanted them to take there panty's off or something to that effect.
    So tell me ..... you can't bad mouth the Democratic party with out including your own.

    July 25, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Joe

    Rudy NYC

    Typical right wing mind set, authoritarian control of everything. Your ignorance of election law is on display. Anyone who gets together enough signatures to enter a primary can do so. Party leaders cannot stop them, because that would be illegal. A political party can endorse a candidate to run in a primary, but it is rarely done around here
    So what if Weiner can legally run as a Democrat, doesn't mean the party leadership can't vocally show their disapproval and distance the party from this farce. From your knee-jerk reactions to my posts I'm guessing you're one of the 50% of the Democrats that support him? I'm one of the 50% that doesn't (hardly a right-wing authoritarian but nice try) and I want nothing to do with your Weiner.

    July 25, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. gdwhite85

    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.

    July 25, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. The Big Apple??? No, now the BIg WEINER

    Don't go there NYC.... Please just don't go there.

    July 25, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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