Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has catapulted to first place, with 30 percent of the vote, according to latest Quinnipiac poll.
The surprising new lineup puts City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in second place with 24 percent of the vote and former Comptroller Bill Thompson in third with 22 percent, a month before the Democratic primary.
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner, still reeling from his latest sexting revelations, remains behind the pack, with just 10 percent support among likely Democratic primary voters.
Mr. de Blasio would also best his rivals in a theoretical runoff, beating Ms. Quinn 54-36, Mr. Thompson 50-41 and Mr. Weiner a whopping 72 – 22, the poll found.
“A few weeks ago, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio looked like an also-ran. Today, he’s the leader of the pack, and a winner in the runoffs. Follow the bouncing ball, folks. This line-up keeps changing,” pollster Maurice Carroll said in a statement pointing to the shifting dynamic of the race.
Mr. Carroll credited Mr. de Blasio’s jump to the top to his unwavering opposition to the controversial stop-and-frisk tactic, which a federal judge yesterday ruled unconstitutional.
“Two related issues which seem to resonate with Democratic voters are stop-and-frisk and the creation of an inspector general for the New York Police Department. U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin did her part for the voters by appointing a federal monitor for the NYPD. If politicians follow the poll results too, the NYPD is going to get still another outside monitor,” he said.
The public advocate has also had some good press in recent days, especially in The New York Times, which may also be a contributing factor.
It should be noted, however, that the numbers are still very much in flux as voters begin to tune in. Only 46 percent of those polled, for instance, said they would definitely stick with their chosen candidate, with only 38 percent of de Blasio voters saying they were definite, versus 54 percent of Mr. Thompson’s supporters and 42 percent of Ms. Quinn’s.
See the full results here: