Attention may be focused on the presidential race at the moment but next year’s contest for mayor is just around the corner and according to an exclusive NY1-Marist College poll, that race may be tightening. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
Just six months ago, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn appeared to be breaking away from the pack of likely mayoral contenders. Now, her poll numbers are falling back to earth.
23 percent of the city’s registered Democrats support Quinn, according to the latest NY1-Marist College poll. That’s just eight points ahead of former City Comptroller Bill Thompson. Current Comptroller John Liu places third with nine percent, followed by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and publisher Tom Allon, who announced this week that he’ll run as a Republican instead.
A whopping 37 percent of voters, meanwhile, are undecided, which is well up from 29 percent undecided in our last poll in April. That poll showed Quinn with a much bigger lead.
Pollster Lee Miringoff attributed the shift to voters' attention being diverted by presidential politics.
"It wasn’t like someone else picked up the numbers that she has lost," Miringoff said. "They really went to undecided."
Meanwhile, enthusiasm has cooled for a Ray Kelly candidacy. Where voters were about evenly split in April, 46 percent now say they don’t want the police commissioner to run, versus 35 percent who do.
As for speculation that one-time mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner could mount a comeback, voters aren’t having it. 58 percent don’t want him to run again. Just 25 percent do.
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who is several more years removed from his own sex scandal, doesn’t fare much better. 57 percent say no to Spitzer for Mayor, while 30 percent say yes.
“There’s still a long way to go in terms of the healing process for both of them in the court of public opinion," Miringoff said.
Even fewer would like to see actor Alec Baldwin run, with 66 percent opposed.
Meanwhile, Mayor Bloomberg’s approval rating is holding steady. 45 percent of voters approve of his job performance, versus 52 percent who disapprove.
A majority of those polled also said the city is moving in the right direction.