Earlier this afternoon, Quinnipiac University released a new poll taking the temperature of the New York City electorate and found former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s mayoral candidacy in good shape.
And, unlike their last poll that had Council Speaker Christine Quinn narrowly leading the field, today’s survey places Mr. Weiner ahead of the pack, with 25 percent to Ms. Quinn’s 22 percent–similar results to a recent Marist College poll.
Meanwhile, in the comptroller’s contest, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer leads Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer 48 percent to 33 percent, roughly matching Marist’s recent numbers in that race as well.
“Notoriety has earned the ‘Tabloid Twins,’ former Gov. Eliot Spitzer as Client 9 and former Congressman Anthony (Tweets) Weiner, good initial numbers in the polls,” pollster Maurice Carroll said in a statement. “Whether those numbers hold up in the real poll on Primary Election Day is the big question.”
One difference between Quinnipiac’s last look at the race and today, however, is that former Comptroller Bill Thompson, who saw his support grow to within the margin of error of the the top two contenders, has dropped back down to the same low double-digit territory where others have been mired; Mr. Thompson has 11 percent, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has 10 and Comptroller John Liu has 7.
“Like I said two weeks ago, bad early polls don’t freak me out; good early polls don’t make me dance,” Thompson strategist Jonathan Prince said in a statement. “Fundamentals matter, not public horserace polls with an irrefutable history of undercounting minority performance. See you at the runoff.”
“The polling in this race will continue to change from week to week,” Quinn spokesman Mike Morey echoed. “What won’t change is that Christine Quinn is the only candidate in this race with real ideas to help the middle class and a record of results that proves that she can deliver.”
Of course, even though Election Day is less than two months away, in political campaign terms, it’s still relatively early. The campaigns have yet to start spending their sizable war chests on television advertising, for instance.
Update (4:50 p.m.): Included the Thompson and Quinn campaigns’ response.