Quinnipiac University Polling has put out another survey of New York City voters showing that Council Speaker Christine Quinn is leading the pack of possible candidates for Mayor in that city. Quinn, who was leading in the November poll as well, has a commanding lead of 35% to 11% over her nearest rival Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Former Comptroller Bill Thompson and Comptroller John Liu come in at 10% and 9% respectively.
Maurice Carroll, the director of QUPI, stated “Council Speaker Christine Quinn still dominates the Democratic field. There is almost no gender gap for any candidate. For example, Quinn gets 36 percent of women and 34 percent of men, while Liu gets 10 percent of men and 9 percent of women.”
Currently, only Thompson has declared his intentions to run for the mayorship; however, Quinn, who recently married her long time girlfriend, has the highest profile of the four and has a 64% approval rating in the city.
On the Republican side of it, former MTA Chairman Joe Lhota is leading the Republican pack, but so far, is being crushed by the Democrats. Carroll also stated that “The top three Democrats all thump Lhota. We limit the matchups to candidates who show some strength in their primaries. New York City is a very blue city. Any Republican who wants to follow in the footsteps of Mayors Rudolph Giuliani or Michael Bloomberg will need to win lots of Democratic and independent voters.”