Former congressman Anthony Weiner, who jumped to the lead among New York mayoral hopefuls before new revelations about lewd texts he sent, fell to fourth among the seven Democrats seeking the office in a new voter survey.
Supported by 16 percent of his party’s likely primary voters, Weiner, 48, slid behind City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, 46, who was backed by 27 percent to lead the pack, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday.
The survey showed Bill de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, in second with 21 percent and former Comptroller William Thompson at 20 percent. It was the school’s first poll following revelations that Weiner had online sexual exchanges with women since similar behavior led to his June 2011 departure from Congress. A Marist College sampling released last week showed Quinn ahead with Weiner in a three-way tie for second.
“With six weeks to go, anything can happen, but it looks like former Congressman Anthony Weiner may have sexted himself right out of the race for New York City mayor,” Maurice Carroll, director of the Hamden, Connecticut-based Quinnipiac Polling Institute, said in a statement. The primary is Sept. 10.
More than half of the Quinnipiac poll’s respondents, 53 percent, said Weiner should drop out, though he is showing no signs of quitting. He has brushed off calls from party leaders and major New York media outlets to step aside, while his campaign manager, Danny Kedem, 31, resigned.
In the past few days, David Axelrod, a former aide to President Barack Obama, and Dee Dee Myers, a White House spokeswoman for then-President Bill Clinton, joined those who say Weiner should abandon the race. Weiner was ahead of Quinn and the rest of the field with 25 percent of registered voters supporting him in a Quinnipiac survey released July 15.
Decisions about his campaign’s future are best left “up to voters,” Weiner told reporters during a stop at a Queens senior center, “not Sunday talk-show pundits.”
In the poll released yesterday, Weiner led Comptroller John Liu, who got 6 percent, and former City Councilman Sal Albanese, with 2 percent. About 7 percent remain undecided.
Democrats outnumber Republicans in the city about 6-to-1 among registered voters. If no candidate gets 40 percent in the primary voting, the top two finishers in each party will compete in an Oct. 1 runoff.
If Quinn faced a runoff with Thompson -- the Democrats’ 2009 nominee, who lost to Mayor Michael Bloomberg by 4.3 percentage points -- Thompson would win 50 percent to 40 percent, with 10 percent undecided, yesterday’s poll showed.
Bloomberg, 71, founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP, is barred by law from seeking a fourth term.
The latest poll surveyed 446 registered Democratic likely voters by telephone July 24-28. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.6 percentage points.