Following the latest revelations surrounding Anthony Weiner's online sex scandal, a new poll Monday shows that public support for the former congressman's mayoral bid has dropped dramatically in the two weeks since he held the top spot among likely voters. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Anthony Weiner is taking a hit in the polls, as a new survey of likely Democratic voters by Quinnipiac University shows him now in fourth place.
The poll has City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in the lead with 27 percent of respondents supporting her. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has shot up to second place with 21 percent and is effectively tied with former City Comptroller Bill Thompson with 20 percent.
Weiner, whose Quinnipiac poll numbers were at 25 percent on June 15, is now at 16 percent.
A majority of likely Democratic voters also say they want Weiner to end his campaign.
Weiner, however, has insisted repeatedly that he is not going anywhere.
"I am going to let the citizens of the city of New York decide who is going to be their mayor," said Weiner. "I am not going to ask pundits. I am not going to ask politicians. I am going to let the people decide."
The poll is good news for de Blasio, who says New Yorkers like his ideas.
"They want fundamental change," said de Blasio. "They want things like I have proposed, like a tax on the wealthy for early childhood education and after-school. They want efforts to help low-wage workers do a little better. That's what they want to see from their next mayor and it shows in this poll."
Weiner is trying to forge ahead with his campaign, despite an uproar over his recent admission that he kept sending sexual messages and photographs to women online even after resigning from Congress.
On Monday, he campaigned at a senior center in Flushing, Queens.
"He did not do anything against the law," said supporter Ethel Chen of the American Chinese Women's Association of New York. "He did not call a prostitute. He did not have an affair. We are looking for a can-do candidate. We are not looking for a priest."
But for former Governor Eliot Spitzer, Weiner's behavior seems to have crossed the line. Spitzer, who saw his governorship end over a prostitution scandal, is now running for city comptroller.
Appearing on MSNBC's "Hardball," Spitzer was asked by host Chris Matthews, "You're not going to vote for Anthony Weiner, can you just say that now? You don't think he should be mayor of New York?"
"Fair point," Spitzer replied. "That is correct."
Weiner says he is not taking his cues from politicians, pundits or the newspaper headlines.
It seems his fate will rest with the voters.