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Christine Quinn Frontrunner for Mayor; MTA Head Backed by Giuliani

A new poll finds that the City Council speaker is the city's top choice for next mayor.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is the frontrunner of all of the next possible New York City mayoral contenders, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday.

Quinn currently has a 65 percent approval rating – higher than Mayor Michael Bloomberg – and will go into the 2013 New York City mayoral election year with a strong 32 percent of the Democratic Primary vote, more than the combined take of the other four known candidates.

For the Democratic Primary vote, former City Comptroller William Thompson has10 percent, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has 9 percent, and City Comptroller John Liu with 5 percent. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer recently dropped out of the race, but had garnered only 4 percent of support, according to the poll.

“The race for the White House is over and it's time to look at the New York City mayoral race, where the possibly decisive Democratic primary could be as early as June. The morning line? City Council Speaker Christine Quinn leaves the other Democratic contenders in the dust," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The poll also finds that 60 percent of the public would rather vote for an unnamed Democratic candidate over MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota – if he put his hat in the ring. And in the same scenario, 62 percent of voters would choose any Democratic candidate over former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, if he ran on the Republican line

"Politics buffs are talking about MTA Chair Joseph Lhota and former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion as possible Republican contenders for the West Wing at City Hall, but the public hasn't caught up with the pundits. Lhota and Carrion lose big to a generic Democrat,” Carroll added.

Lhota does have one very important endorsement though – that of former mayor Rudy Rudy Giuliani, who called Lhota a “fantastic” choice to run the city.

"If Joe were to get into this race, the mayor would be an enthusiastic supporter," Jake Menges, a political adviser to Giuliani, told the Wall Street Journal. "The mayor would do anything he could to help Joe get elected if Joe decided to be a candidate."

Joe Gonzalez November 21, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Folks need to be VERY careful of these polls--and the news outlets such as Patch.com/Bed-Stuy who publish them as if they are beyond dispute. We the people need to be told WHO is taking the poll, WHO paid for the poll--and how much MONEY was charged. We need to ascertain the Pollster's research methods. I find it sickening that these polls are blindly given great credibility by Society. These polls are a bit too influential with the Community. Pollsters -- like anyone else can be brought and paid for. There is simply too much hanging in the balance for a suspect poll to be given weigh. I recall a few months ago Christine Quinn was getting a lot of bad press over her position in the Chick-A-Fille matter. Days later a mysterious poll was taken and it proclaimed Quinn had 34% approval rating--well past the other Mayoral candidates. Amazing what a well paid poll can do to one's public image. WAKE UP PEOPLE AND SEE HOW YOU ARE BEING SUBJECTED TO MEDIA MANIPULATIONS. What is Quinn's track record of accomplishments in Bed-Stuy? What is her specific plan of action for Bed-Stuy's future?
Kevin Harewood November 22, 2012 at 12:58 PM
What I would like to know is who is being the possible action to move the primary up to June instead of its normal September. This could be a huge obstacle to underdog mayoral candidates. It also diminishes the amount of time the public has to really see what the candidates are really about

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