It’s still good to be Bill de Blasio.
The first public poll taken since Democratic and GOP voters selected their mayoral nominees shows Mr. de Blasio far ahead of Republican Joe Lhota.
Mr. de Blasio leads Mr. Lhota 65 percent to 22 percent among likely voters, according to the latest poll conducted by Marist University. Independent Party candidate Adolfo Carrion trails with just 3 percent.
The Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist survey shows that Mr. Lhota, a former deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani, has a long way to go if he is to pose a serious challenge to Mr. de Blasio, who received far more media attention in the closely-watched Democratic primary.
“It’s a very lopsided contest at this point,” pollster Lee Miringoff told the Wall Street Journal. “Coming out of the starting blocks, it is playing de Blasio’s way in a big way.”
Mr. Lhota will need to attract cross-over voters to win in a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans 6-1. But the numbers show he has a long way to go, with just 13 percent of Democrats backing Mr. Lhota, versus 25 percent of likely GOP voters who said they planned to vote for Mr. De Blasio.
The Republican will also have to re-introduce himself to voters after a brutal primary with John Catsimatidis. As it stands, Mr. Lhota’s unfavorable are high, with 41 percent of registered voters (and 27 percent of registered Republicans holding) an unfavorable view. Another 30 percent don’t know who he is well enough to rate him.
Reached for comment, Lhota spokeswoman Jessica Proud acknowledged the uphill battle before them, but said Mr. Lhota’s résumé would eventually win the electorate over.
“We always knew we’d be the underdog in this race and once New Yorkers learn more about Bill’s radical policies, they will be looking for a practical alternative. Joe’s experienced leadership and solutions to expand the middle class will resonate with everyday New Yorkers in all five boroughs,” Ms. Proud contended.
Additional details on the Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist survey can be found here.
Additional reporting by Jill Colvin.