Michael Bloomberg is leading his Democratic opponent, Bill Thompson, even among Democrats, and splits the support of African-American voters, according to a Quinnipiac poll that came out earlier this morning.
A majority of people polled say Bloomberg’s spending doesn’t given him an unfair advantage in the election, but do say that it is “overkill.” So go figure.
The poll, conducted among 1,396 registered voters, also showed that 62 percent would prefer to invite Bloomberg to a July 4 picnic, compared to only 28 percent for Thompson.
The findings here seem to differ somewhat from the results from a New York Times/Cornell/New York 1 News poll last week, which said New Yorkers were looking for someone new as mayor. That poll differed from other traditional public opinion polls in a few ways.
In the Quinnipiac poll, Bloomberg leads Thompson in a head-to-head matchup, 54-32 percent, with 12 percent undecided. In the last Quinnipiac poll on March 24, Bloomberg led Thompson by a slightly smaller margin, 49-35 percent with 14 percent undecided.
Among Democrats, Bloomberg leads Thompson 49-40 percent, with 11 percent undecided. Among African-American voters, Bloomberg leads Thompson slightly, 43-42 percent, with 14 percent undecided.
When asked about Bloomberg’s campaign spending, 49 percent said it made him “free of special interest” while 42 percent said it made the election “unfair” and left the impression that Bloomberg was “trying to buy the election.”
When asked if Bloomberg’s spending is overkill, 56 percent agreed, 36 percent disagreed, and nine percent said they didn’t know.