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NY Dems Willing to Consider Weiner for Mayor: Poll

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

If former Congressman Anthony Weiner decides to run for mayor, he'll be the No. 2 Democrat. That's the finding of a new NBC New York-Marist poll that shows him nine points behind the frontrunner Christine Quinn and ahead of all the other Democrats.

Weiner would pull support from Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, former Comptroller Bill Thompson.

"There's actually been a fairly significant increase in his standing with New Yorkers, as there has been in the number of Democrats who want to see him run," said Marist Poll director Lee Miringoff. "I think this reflects in many ways the fact that the announced candidates have not exactly connected with voters either."

Weiner resigned from Congress two years ago after he admitted to sending sexually explicit photos to women over the internet. The poll found no major gender gap in opinions of Weiner.

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Comments [5]

Robert from Manhattan

Life long Democrat. Won't vote for either Quinn or Weiner. If either of those candidates win's the nomination, I'll vote for the Republican, Independent, Green Party candidate, or I'll skip the election. Neither Quinn or Weiner inspires confindence in me, I dont like either of them as people, and I'm not voting for people I have no respect for.

Apr. 17 2013 10:56 AM
glork

May we see this very wishful poll please?

Apr. 17 2013 08:33 AM

Despite the ickiness of Mr. Weiner's stupid actions, the real problem is his unbelievably poor judgement. How can you trust someone to run this city who would think no-one would see those pathetic posts.

Apr. 17 2013 08:14 AM
suzan frecon from NYC

I am a liberal democrat and always liked Weiner because of his progressive views. When he said he would do away with the progress of bike lanes, that was it for me! I could never support him due to this this backward and anti- environmental statement. Same for Thompson. They would say anything to get votes. Neither has any credibility with me.

Apr. 17 2013 07:31 AM
Liz from Forest Hills, NY

I'd love to see WNYC explore how Weiner's former constituents feel about this. When the original scandal broke, you couldn't walk from one end of Austin Street in Forest Hills to the other without navigating a phalanx of reporters. Now? No one. How about a story about what happens when someone resigns in scandal, what happens to the district, and what happens to the relationship a representative built with his constituents? What bothers me more than the collective scandals of politicians like Spitzer and Weiner (to name a few) is how their actions have very real, calculable results on the people they were supposed to be representing.

When he was first elected, I was so excited to have Weiner representing us, and the entire district in Congress. I voted for him because I really believed in his vision of engaged, progressive politics. Now, however, I can't get behind him as mayor. He made an absolute mess of our Congressional district, leaving us with terrible choices resulting in terrible representation. So, how can I in good conscience vote for him as mayor? The scandal was stupid and in poor taste and idiotic, but what I care about is how he so callously sacrificed his constituents. I will not vote for him to represent me--for anything--again.

Apr. 17 2013 06:05 AM

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