De Blasio Has Momentum But Many Still Undecided

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Bill de Blasio is steadily gaining in the polls among the Democratic field of candidates vying to become the next New York mayor. But this week's Quinnipiac poll showing him leading at 43 percent also found nearly a quarter of likely voters saying they could very well change their minds by the Sept. 10 primary.

WNYC caught up with some voters near City Hall at lunchtime Wednesday. “He comes across as human, down to earth,” said 55-year-old city worker Adriane Paniagua of de Blasio. “He’s not some rich guy…who only cares about other rich guys.”

Rival candidates’ efforts to attack de Blasio in recent weeks have backfired, he added.

“(Tuesday’s) debate sealed it. When these guys went after him that told me they’re scared of him. You know what? Good for him,” Paniagua said.

Some voters who tuned out of the mayor’s race during the summer remain undecided.

“It’s up in the air at this point,” said Janae Russell, 35, adding that she was still picking a clandidate.

Dean Wigfall, 52, a manager at a financial services firm, said he’s leaning toward Bill Thompson for his stance on public housing, and for what he “talks about doing…for the middle class.”

At least one registered Democrat was turned off by the whole primary race and said she'd wait for the general election to cast her ballot for Republican Joe Lhota.

“Perhaps because he has less of a primary fight it’s less about…getting to the lowest common denominator and…making the best sound bites,” said Diana Peeler, a 42-year-old attorney who has disagreed with the Democrats’ positions on public safety.