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The Call Blog: Latest Polls Find City Comptroller Race Tied, Dem Mayor Race With Solid Front Runner

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It's hard to tell if this poll is just an aberration or truly capturing de Blasio's upward trend. I think it'll take a few more polls showing the same results consistently for it to be believable. Until then, it does seem de Blasio is the one with momentum on his side after his presence on the hospital closures and Stop, Question and Frisk policy, and is picking up all those, until-now, undecided voters.



With just 12 days to go to Primary Day, the Democratic race for City Comptroller is in a dead heat. A new poll by Quinnipiac University finds former Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and former Governor Eliot Spitzer each with 46 percent among likely Democratic voters. The poll surveyed 602 voters between August 22nd and August 26th. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

It comes after months of polls showed Spitzer with double-digit advantages over his opponent, including an August 14th Quinnipiac poll, which had him with 56 percent of the vote to Stringer’s 37 percent. But in the weeks since, Stringer has unveiled several endorsements from the political and media world, including former Governor David Paterson and The New York Times.

A Quinnipiac survey yesterday meanwhile found Public Advocate Bill de Blasio firmly on top in the Democratic race for mayor with 36 percent, just shy of the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff election. Former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is now neck-and-neck with Bill Thompson with 21 percent and 20 percent, respectively.

What’s your reaction to the huge increases and drops in these recent polls? Do you trust these findings? Are you surprised that support for former Governor Eliot Spitzer has dropped so dramatically with less than two weeks before the primary? Have you been following the recent key endorsements of the candidates by politicians and newspapers?

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I don't believe newspapers or politicians endorsements have an impact, the voters make up their own minds based on the debates and the candidates interactions with the community, and Spitzer' fall in the polls are solely based on his past personal failings.

Felix
Bay Ridge



It shows New Yorkers are tired of the old regime and it's double talk and wants new leadership. Family oriented and hopefully middle class friendly.

Roscoe
Park Hill



Stringer is a waste. Vote for him as lead street sweeper. I'm not a fan of Spitzer, but a corpse would be better than Stringer.

Joe
Port Richmond



De Blasio is making promises by vowing to tax the rich and so that’s what changes
the polls. He is giving away the store which we don’t even have. It’s ridiculous.
Stringer is the same as Bloomberg and Quinn. They all accommodated the real estate
moguls and thus these four [4] candidates are all just in it for themselves and
not us New Yorkers. They keep promising low income housing/jobs and better schools.
Why now?
IT’S THE SAME OLD STORY = PROMISES-PROMISES AND IN THE END THEY GET THEIR
VOTES ONE WAY OR ANOTHER AND WE ARE ALWAYS LEFT IN THE DARK.

ON THE OTHER HAND I DON’T BELIEVE IN THIS QUINNIPIAC POLLSTER = THEY SHOULD
CHANGE POLLSTERS = EVERYONE IS IN BED WITH ONE ANOTHER = I NOTICE EVERY
BOROUGH IS SPENDING MONEY ON NONSENSE = I ALWAYS HAVE THE FEELING THAT
THIS IS PART OF THE SANDY MONEY [ PORK ]

Maxxiee
Morris Park



I hope the poll jumps represent the fact that people are actually paying attention now to positions, plans and history. I am BIG for de Blasio. I think he will be a great mayor. (I really hope Stringer crushes Spitzer, too - Client 9 had his chance already. He should go do volunteer work now.)

Anni
Upper West Side



Which pocket did Stringer pull the million dollars out to repair the tower in Harlem? Did Chris Quinn cut him a check from her slush fund?

People better wake up and see that Stringer is not qualified to be Comptroller overseeing what is done with our tax dollars. DeBlasio and Stringer will backrupt New York City.

Eliot Spitzer for Comptroller. Anthony Weiner for Mayor. Gale Brewer for Manhattan Boro President. Letitia James for Public Advocate.

Kate
Midtown East



De Blasio will be the worst thing for this city because instead of bringing people together he is looking to create an 'us versus them' society with his outrageous 'tax the wealthy' plan, which will never pass in Albany...

Erik
Brooklyn Heights



So now that this latest poll shows Ms. Quinn and Bill Thompson neck in neck will Bill Thompson finally take on Ms. Quinn over her reign as Speaker during the Bloomberg years or is he still going to throw punches at de Blasio and really watch Ms. Quinn pull ahead and leave him in the dust? At one point I was leaning toward Bill Thompson but not after seeing that last democratic mayoral debate -- the way he tagged team Bill de Blasio with Ms. Quinn was deplorable. Perhaps now Mr. Thompson will get a clue and finally take down Quinn . . . or perhaps not?

I will definitely vote for Bill de Blasio -- what a contrast and an inspiration after 12 years of Mayor Bloomberg. He is not narcissistic, he does not talk down to people, he will listen to New Yorkers, he will fight hard for the middle class and he will definitely help communities heal from this Stop & Frisk fiasco. I believe that Mr. de Blasio, unlike Ms. Quinn, will work hard to fix NYC's educational crisis by finally ridding all of us from Mayor Bloomberg's failed educational policies!

Let's end these notorious Bloomberg years on a high note and elect Bill de Blasio. Let's keep Ms. Quinn out of the Mayor's office and make Mayor Bloomberg's failed policies and all of his cronies a distant memory.

Lisa
Upper East Side



Predictions for the elections of 2013:

Mayor: Bill de Blasio
Public Advocate: Letitia James
Comptroller: Eliot Spitzer

Diego
East Harlem



I think that New Yorkers have started to pay more attention to the issues at hand and not the buzz or name recognition of the candidates. In the end, It all comes down to the issues.

Evan
Upper West Side



I can't believe any of these polls. If Bill DeBlasio rises in polls because of ads with his son, the someone like John Liu deserves better numbers since he's the hardest working campaigner in all neighborhoods in NYC. And why does Scott Stringer always appear in Manhattan only. Can he visit more boroughs!

Andy



Spitzer may have been a good politician but his personal failings have affected him in the polls and his poor judgment has reflected in the drop of his poll numbers people have to be able to trust and respect someone and he lost that when the big scandal came out

Jennifer
Ridgewood



De Blasio is my choice for Mayor; and Spitzer for Comptroller, the City's Chief Financial Officer. Why Spitzer? He's a towering figure with brains to beat the band, and this is like getting him on clearance. How can you go wrong?

Gretchen
Upper West Side



Not at all [surprised]. Esp Re: Spitzer& Weiner's drop. Has to do with their dropping their pants.people are paying more attention to integrity & moral fiber.And There is a great pool of other candidates in the more crowded races. All voters And esp Women voters are also becoming more engaged.

We are impatient with past acceptance of the philandering politician.Also certain ridoculous platforms that are unrelated to the office for which they are running.

I do hope to see further fluctution back & forth in The mayoral race until the last vote is in.

Barbara
Lower East Side



Quinn & Stringer are very much alike which is why there is NO way I am voting for Quinn or Stringer.

1) They both advocated overturning term limits.

2) On their watch and in their district they allowed St. Vincent's Hospital to close resulting in the loss of thousands of skilled health-related jobs such as X-Ray technicians.

3) On their watch they are allowing Greenwich Village to be taken over by NYU destroying a neighborhood.

Pat
Village



The best candidate for new york are Spitzer and winner because the have some personal problems with they live but both have great experience in office

Jacob

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