Kelly Narrowly Leads Field of Mayoral Candidates

Despite the recent acquittal of the three police officers on trial for the death of Sean Bell, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly still leads the pack of potential mayoral contenders, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

That seems in part due to his name recognition and in part because most voters probably aren’t thinking about a race that’s still a year and a half away. Considering also that most candidates haven’t even declared, the significance of the results are limited.

According to the poll, 23 percent of voters say they’d vote for Kelly for mayor, while 22 percent of voters said they don‘t know enough about any of the candidates to choose.

Anthony Weiner got 16 percent, Marty Markowitz got 13 percent, Bill Thompson and Christine Quinn each got 10 percent, and Betsy Gotbaum got six percent.

In another part of the poll, 21 percent of voters said Quinn was responsible for the fiscal scandal at the City Council, while 23 percent said the responsibility lies with her predecessors. Another 43 percent were undecided.

Interestingly, 46 percent of voters said they thought Michael Bloomberg was aware of what was happening in the council.

Kelly Narrowly Leads Field of Mayoral Candidates