Since he vaulted to the top of the polls two weeks ago, Bill de Blasio has been subject to frequent attacks from his Democratic rivals, and while those attacks continued Wednesday, a new poll shows him continuing to gain momentum. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
Bill de Blasio is on fire. Buried in fourth place just last month, a new Quinnipiac poll shows that he's not only still in front, but running away from the field.
The poll says he has 36 percent support, near the 40 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff. Christine Quinn and William Thompson are bunched together in second and third place, with Anthony Weiner a distant fourth, followed by John Liu and Sal Albanese, with 8 percent undecided.
In more good news for de Blasio, the poll shows he would crush Quinn by 29 points in a potential runoff and beat Thompson by 16 points.
Thompson dismissed the polls.
"They are so inaccurate," he said.
As Thompson talked up his education plan and visited seniors Wednesday, his campaign attacked Quinn and de Blasio for failing to fix the city's 911 issues.
De Blasio, meanwhile, knocked his opponents while touting his plan to tax the wealthy to fund universal pre-kindergarten.
"Speaker Quinn, by contrast, has been unwilling to tax the wealthy," de Blasio said. "Bill Thompson has been unwilling to tax the wealthy."
Quinn, who unveiled her policy plan for seniors Wednesday, noted that de Blasio gave a speech to business leaders three years ago in which he opposed higher taxes.
"You can't say one position in a roomful of business people and then another position when running for mayor, 'cause that's talking out of both sides of your mouth and that's not leadership," Quinn said.
Quinn also responded to de Blasio's claim that as Council Speaker, Quinn presided over cuts to after-school seats.
"He voted for those cuts," she said. "Talk about talking out of both sides of your mouth."
"If I were the person preparing those budgets, we would not have cut after school," de Blasio said. "Mayor Bloomberg prepared those budgets and proposed them. Speaker Quinn agreed to them."
As for poll numbers, Quinn's father, Larry, who joined her on the campaign trail, said, "They're only temporary, you know. The final reckoning will be soon."
Indeed. It's now less than two weeks away.