Latest Poll Shows Bloomberg With Significant Lead In Mayoral Race
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pulled ahead of former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer in a public opinion poll that had shown Ferrer in the lead since November.
The Quinnipiac University poll shows Bloomberg leading Ferrer 47 to 38 percent. The mayor was six points behind Ferrer, a Democrat, in Quinnipiac's last poll, released March 30.
Despite the favorable news, the mayor didn't place much stock in the latest poll.
“What I've got to do is go back and keep doing what I’ve said from day one: I've got to do my job,” Bloomberg said Wednesday. “If I do my job, I'll be fine.”
Ferrer's communication director said in a statement: “Polls go up and down, and what this one shows is that a majority of New Yorkers don't approve of Mayor Bloomberg's performance·because they are sick and tired of waiting to hear straight answers from him about the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan, the CFE education funding our kids need, and so many other issues that effect their daily lives."
The new poll also shows Bloomberg leading other Democratic challengers. The poll found a tighter race when Bloomberg is paired against Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields. He has a 43-38 percent lead over Fields.
A spokesman for Fields said in a statement: "This suggests his increase in the head-to-head question versus the Democrats is due to name recognition and will fade over time."
Ferrer still leads the Democrats, but by a smaller margin than in past polls. He takes 27 percent of the Democratic vote, compared to 23 percent for Fields. Congressman Anthony Weiner trails with 13 percent, and City Council Speaker Gifford Miller follows with 11 percent.
“As we get closet to the election they’ll start focusing on the election. In the meantime, I’m just going to keep doing my work to try to make sure this is a stronger city,” said Miller.
The poll also found Ferrer's controversial comments about Amadou Diallo are still hurting him. As NY1 reported first, Ferrer told the police sergeants' union the shooting of the unarmed man was not a crime and that there was a rush to "over-indict" the four officers involved.
Fifty-seven percent of those surveyed had heard about the comments and most said it made them think less favorably of him.
Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,169 registered New York City voters last week, and the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.
After getting positive poll numbers, the mayor talked about the positive things he thinks his administration has done for affordable housing. Bloomberg spoke at a breakfast for Citizens Housing and Planning Council Wednesday, boasting that his 2-year-old, $$3 billion “New Housing Marketplace” plan is well on its way to achieving its goals.
“Sixty-five thousand units of rehab or new construction is on schedule, maybe even a touch ahead of schedule,” Bloomberg said. “We've had some pleasant negotiations after that, where we’ve been able to add to that. There is something like 85,000 units that we think will be coming out of programs that we either had going or are starting now.”
The mayor said the new housing is going where it’s most needed, including over 20,000 units slated for the Bronx and nearly 19,000 for Brooklyn.