Former governor Eliot Spitzer is now leading the race for New York City comptroller according to a Quinnipiac poll released on July 16. The poll also shows that former congressman Anthony Weiner is also leading the race for New York City mayor in each polled demographic. Photo by AP.
July 23, 2013The reality of New York City politics being lead by a Mayor Weiner and a Comptroller Spitzer seems likely, based on results of the latest Quinnipiac poll.
The poll shows both of the scandal-scarred politicians — Weiner was forced to resign from Congress after tweeting inappropriate photos of himself and Spitzer resigned after being found in the middle of a prostitution scandal — leading in their respective races.
"Notoriety has earned the 'Tabloid Twins,' former Gov. Eliot Spitzer as Client 9 and former Congressman Anthony 'Tweets' Weiner, good initial numbers in the polls," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Whether those numbers hold up in the real poll on primary Election Day is the big question."
In the hunt for the coveted New York City mayoral nomination, Anthony Weiner leads the pack earning 25 percent of the vote among registered city Democrats, a slight margin over Council Speaker Christine Quinn who is supported by 22 percent of Democrats. Weiner and Quinn have managed to distinguish themselves in a crowded Democratic primary with polls showing just 11 percent of voters for the former New York City Comptroller William Thompson; 10 percent for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio; 7 percent for Comptroller John Liu; and 1 percent for former City Council member Sal Albanese.
Weiner dominates his fellow mayoral hopefuls among black Democrats, supported by 31 percent, compared to 16 percent who said they will vote for Quinn. Thompson, the only black candidate in the race, managed just 14 percent of black Democrats support.
Carroll said he was surprised by the poor poll numbers for Thompson, saying he believed he would be more competitive in the race.
"My political beliefs have always been that Thompson would be right up there. So far at least, I'm wrong. The numbers are what they are and at this stage of the game it says Weiner and Quinn in a runoff, but again it's a long way off," said Carroll.
The former congressman received the most support from men — 29 percent say they would support him for mayor — and even managed to earn potential votes from 21 percent of women, just 2 percentage points behind Quinn, who is trying to become the city's first ever woman mayor. Weiner's ability to sell himself to women voters has been a major concern on his quest for the keys to the city after sending revealing photos of himself to multiple women in 2011.
The poll results are promising for Weiner, whose only concern raised by the poll is that 53 percent of white Democrats with college degrees view him as unfavorable, with 51 percent of white women with college degrees looking unfavorably on the former congressman, compared to just 31 percent favoring him.
Eliot Spitzer, the disgraced former governor of New York state who resigned in 2008 amidst a prostitution scandal, showed a commanding lead over Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in the race to be the next New York City comptroller.
A whopping 48 percent of registered Democrats said they would support Spitzer for comptroller, with just 33 percent of voters saying they would support Stringer.
The poll revealed strong results for Spitzer, who was viewed favorably by 58 percent of men and 50 percent of woman. As for Stringer — who was the only Democrat in the race before Spitzer's entrance just four days before petitions were due — poll results show that while voters do not view him unfavorably, 62 percent of registered Democrats said they did not know enough about him. Stringer is leading among white democrats though, with 44 percent of voters preferring him to Spitzer.
While Stringer's success amongst white voters is promising, Spitzer significantly defeated his opponent among minority voters, wooing 61 percent of black voters and 47 percent of Latino voters — compared to just 26 percent and 27 percent respectively by Stringer.
The return to the political limelight has so far been kind to Weiner and Spitzer, both of whom suffered major political setbacks because of varying types of sexual misconduct. The early success by both politicians is not as startling as one would think, as the Quinnipiac poll revealed more than two-thirds of voters believe financial impropriety is worse for politicians than sexual misconduct. Nearly 70 percent of white registered voters with college degrees said financial corruption was worse than sexual misconduct, with 66 percent of women voters agreeing.
The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 738 New York City registered Democrats between July 8 – 14 and has a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points.