Mr. Kelly, currently the city’s police commissioner, would lose to all three top Democrats, the poll found.
He trails Council Speaker Christine Quinn by 15 points, former City Comptroller Bill Thompson by 12 points, and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio by 12.
Mr. Kelly still has high approval ratings, however, with 66 percent of New Yorker approving of his tenure as the city’s top cop.
“Ray Kelly is a great police commissioner, and he’d be a good mayor, New Yorkers think – but it’s still a Democratic town. All three of the Democrats’ top potential candidates beat the popular top cop,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Voters are taking seriously all that Kelly-for-mayor noise among Republican leaders. More than half think he might run.”
Christine Quinn still leads all Democratic contenders with 26 percent of respondents supporting her mayoral bid, twice as many as Bill Thompson. Mr. de Blasio clocks in at 10 percent, Comptroller John Liu has 7 percent and Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer nets four percent of the vote.