Poll: Weiner Support Drops After Latest Sexting Controversy

Anthony Weiner's Tuesday press conference.

Anthony Weiner’s Tuesday press conference.

Anthony Weiner’s new sexting scandal is taking its toll both on the former congressman himself and his standing in the mayoral race.

In the first poll taken since Mr. Weiner admitted Tuesday to continuing digital affairs after his resignation–and after proclaiming himself to be a changed man a year later–Mr. Weiner’s one-time lead has whittled.

According to Marist College’s polling operation, Mr. Weiner’s support dropped from 25 percent–last month’s survey–to 16 percent today among all registered Democrats.

Including only Democrats determined likely to vote in the September 10 primary, Council Speaker Christine Quinn garners 32 percent of the electorate, compared with 17 for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio in his strongest poll showing yet. The duo are followed by Mr. Weiner with 16 percent, former Comptroller Bill Thompson with 15 percent and Comptroller John Liu with just 7 percent.

“For many Democrats the latest revelations about Anthony Weiner are more of the same, only more so,” pollster Lee Miringoff said in a statement. “Weiner has lost his lead and his negatives are at an all-time high.”

It should be noted that most of the candidates have yet to begin major advertising efforts and the race is likely to shift in August and September when voters start paying more attention and the campaigns kick into high gear.

View the full NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll results below:
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