Irish American mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn leads Democrats in latest primary poll
Speaker Quinn could be the first female Mayor of New York
Mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn has once again topped the latest poll in Democratic primary for New York mayor.
The Council Speaker gets 37 percent of New Yorker’s vote according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, the Democratic favorite would need 40 percent to avoid a runoff in an election.
The poll results show that Public Advocate Bill de Blasio would get 14 percent. Former City Comptroller William Thompson has 11 percent and current Comptroller John Liu has 9 percent.
Some 27 percent are voters undecided as to how they will vote in the September primary.
"Council Speaker Christine Quinn is edging up toward that magic 40 percent that would make her the Democratic nominee without a primary run-off. Is that possible in a four- candidate field? We'll watch as this develops," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
"It's still early, unless the State Legislature moves the primary up to June," Carroll added.
"When asked for a self-assessment, New Yorkers say they are remarkably unbiased."
"But they're true to one stereotype about a super-liberal city - only being a business executive draws significant negative votes in a mayoral candidate."
In contrast, the poll shows New York city voters know very little about the Republican candidates who are hopeful to replace Mayor Bloomberg, when his term ends on December 31st.
Some 63-93 percent of candidates don't know enough about the GOP candidates to form an opinion.
“If two-thirds of New Yorkers don't know anything about you, can you be elected mayor? That's the question for Lhota. Every one of the Democrats clobbers him,” Carroll said.
"But if Lhota is fairly anonymous, the other Republican mayoral wannabes are all but invisible.”
Quinnipiac surveyed 1,017 New York City voters from Feb. 20 to Feb. 25. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
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