Colby Hamilton, Writer, WNYC News
Colby Hamilton is a general assignment reporter. He originally joined WNYC as a political blogger. He's a proud graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
A new Quinnipiac University poll is out and you know what that means: a new 2013 mayoral candidate question.
According to the poll, Council Cpeaker Christine Quinn continues to be the favorite of those polled, with 25 percent saying if they had to pick a candidate today, she'd be it.
Before we get to the rest of the numbers, it's worth noting two things about the poll. One, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was not included as a potential candidate, unlike previous Quinnipiac surveys. And two, the continued troubles Comptroller John Liu has had over his campaign's fundraising practices.
Given both those, who appears to win from both situation? Former Comptroller Bill Thompson, followed by Speaker Quinn. Let's take a look at this poll's numbers, side-by-side the last poll in December.
To be fair, everyone did a little bit better. It will be interesting to see what the numbers look like when they drop Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's name from the list.
Also in the poll voters were asked if they believed Comptroller Liu should resign. A plurality--44 percent--said no, even as the number that said yes climbed significantly to 33 percent.
“Who should move into City Hall when Mayor Bloomberg moves out? Council Speaker Christine Quinn tops the list of usual suspects and has an impressive job approval,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a statement. “After the drum-beat of negative news, Comptroller John Liu’s job approval numbers are tepid, but New Yorkers don’t think he should quit.”
The poll surveyed 964 New York City voters between March 6 and 11. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points. Both land lines and cell phones were used.