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Exit Polling Shows De Blasio's Appeal Extends To All Groups

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Exit polling Tuesday revealed that the appeal of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio resonated with all groups voting in the Democratic mayoral primary. NY1's Vivian Lee filed the following report.

Democratic voters overwhelmingly cast their ballots for change on Tuesday.

Change was a major theme of Bill de Blasio's campaign, and the Democrats who went to the polls on Primary Day said they had enough of Mayor Bloomberg.

Of the roughly 2,000 voters surveyed by Edison Research, only 20 percent said they wanted the next mayor to continue Bloomberg's policies.

Seventy-five percent said they wanted to see the city change course, even though these same voters were virtually split on whether Bloomberg did a good job as mayor.

Forty-eight percent said they approved of Bloomberg's job performance, while 49 percent disapproved.

De Blasio polled strongly among every major demographic group and on on almost every issue that was of concern to voters in the Democratic primary.

Even among those who like Bloomberg, de Blasio managed to attract the lion's share of their votes at 36 percent.

De Blasio garnered the most support in each of the five boroughs.

Women voters favored de Blasio strongly over his opponents.

Thirty-nine percent of the female vote went to de Blasio, compared to 26 percent for Bill Thompson, and just 16 percent for Christine Quinn, the only woman in the race.

De Blasio split the black vote with Thompson across the city.

Forty-two percent of Black voters chose de Blasio, 42 percent chose Thompson and 6 percent went for Quinn.

There was even a strong gender gap among black voters, with black women favoring de Blasio, whose wife is African-American, over Thompson, the only African-American candidate.

De Blasio also surprisingly won the most LGBT votes at 47 percent, compared to 34 percent for Quinn.

That's a jab at Quinn, who was aiming to be the city's first female and lesbian mayor.

As for some key issues, a large majority of voters said the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk policy was excessive.

Most voters also felt extending term limits was a bad idea.

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