In their first poll of the 2013 mayor’s race since Anthony Weiner resigned from congress, a new Marist poll says it’s a three-way fight for the top.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn, former Comptroller Bill Thompson and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz are at 16, 15 and 14 percent, respectively. Comptroller John Liu, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer have 9, 7 and 6 percent, respectively.
Manhattan Media publisher Tom Allon came in at 1 percent (with his strongest showing — 3 percent — coming from Brooklyn!).
Quinn’s strongest showing is in Manhattan — 27 percent. Stringer finished second in that borough, with 16 percent, well ahead of Thompson’s 11 percent.
In Brooklyn, hometown favorite Markowitz takes home support from 25 percent of the voters surveyed. He’s unlikely to run, which skews the showing in this borough. (That, and the fact that we’re more than 2 years away from the actual campaign.)
With that said, Brooklyn seems up for grabs: Quinn ties with de Blasio — who served two terms as a City Councilman there — with 11 percent. They’re both behind Thompson — who was a Brooklyn appointee to the Board of Education many years ago — who has 14 percent.
The other stronghold for Thompson, the only African-American in the race so far, are African-American voters. They are backing him with 31 percent. Everyone else is in the single digits in that category.
That same demographic appeal isn’t apparent for Quinn,the only woman in the race. She has 14 percent support among female voters, the same as Markowitz. Thompson got 13 percent.
Voters said they don’t want either Weiner (26-64), nor Eliot Spitzer (33-57), to enter the race. Although, for Spitzer, that’s the highest number he’s gotten in Marist polling, up from 24-66 in April 2010 and 29-62 in April 2011.
As for whether NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly should enter the race, 42 percent said yes, and 42 percent said no. A Quinnipiac poll released earlier this week included Kelly in the head-to-head matchup with the other likely contenders. In that poll, 23 percent said they’d back him, compared to 18 percent for Quinn.