A new Quinnipiac poll released Monday shows New Yorkers are continuing to warm to the idea of an Anthony Weiner mayoralty, as 25 percent of respondents support the former congressman, and mayoral candidate William Thompson has lost the entire gain in support he earned last month. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
For those wondering if New Yorkers could stomach two politicians seeking to rebound from sex scandals, the answer — judging from the latest Quinnipiac poll — is a resounding yes.
The poll, released Monday, shows former Rep. Anthony Weiner leapfrogging City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, taking 25 percent of the vote to her 22 percent.
William Thompson dropped to 11 points, followed by Bill de Blasio with 10 percent, John Liu with 7 percent and Sal Albanese with 1 percent, with 21 percent saying they do not know.
For Thompson, it is a 6-percentage point drop, compared to the last Quinnipiac poll just last month.
"Thompson had a slight move up last time, 6 points he moved up. And now he moved right back down again," said Maurice Carroll of Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
What's more even, as he rolled out endorsements from a number of black elected officials from Brooklyn Monday, the poll shows him far behind among black voters, with Weiner winning 31 percent of the black vote, Quinn with 16 percent and Thompson with just 14 percent.
Thompson said history has taught him to disregard early polling.
"We've been down this path repeatedly. Go back and look at the polls in 2009. They were hardly accurate. Two days before, they were calling for a blowout and that was an election that was this close," said Thompson.
Quinn, who held an endorsement press conference of her own Monday with Latino elected officials and a former governor of Puerto Rico, Sila Maria Calderon, also shrugged off the numbers.
"Polls will go up and down in this election. But one thing I also know you can rest assured about is that New Yorkers want a mayor who can deliver," Quinn said.
In the comptroller's race, the poll found Eliot Spitzer is leading Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer by 48 percent to 33 percent.