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Friday Poll In Democratic Comptroller Primary Gives Spitzer Edge After Thursday Poll Shows Dead Heat

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It's tough to get a read on the race for city comptroller between former Governor Eliot Spitzer and Manhattan Borough president Scott Stringer, with polls released this week showing wild fluctuations. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.

The latest poll in the Democratic primary for the city comptroller's race, from The New York Times and Siena College, shows Eliot Spitzer with 50 percent and Scott Stringer with 35 percent, a 15-point gap.

Compare that to a Thursday Quinnipiac poll that showed the two candidates dead even at 46 percent. Two weeks ago, the same Quinnipiac poll showed Spitzer had a 19-point lead.

"They are not even evocative, let alone exact," said Doug Muzzio of Baruch College. "They are confusing, even to those of us who do survey research."

One number, though, has been relatively consistent, and that is Spitzer's, which has hovered around 50 percent. The former governor is much better known than Stringer, who first went on television just two weeks ago.

"Let me just say, there's so many polls out there, but the one thing I think is clear is that voters are responding to my message," Stringer said.

Stringer spent part of his day in Queens, at a mosque in Jamaica and at a senior center in Queens Village.

Some of the seniors weren't too keen on casting ballots for Spitzer.

"He's a creep. A plain creep," said one senior. When asked why, the senior responded, "Because he was married and he has three daughters, and he still went with a prostitute."

Stringer has made far more public campaign stops than his rival.

Spitzer did not have any public events scheduled during the day Friday. In response to the latest poll, the campaign referred NY1 to a statement, which said, in part, that they feel good about where the race stands today. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP