Weiner and Spitzer Both Rise to Top in New York City Poll

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Anthony Weiner rides the New York City subway on May 23, 2013, after courting voters in Harlem a day after announcing his mayoral run

Rumors of their demise were greatly exaggerated. Former Representative Anthony Weiner is top dog in the New York City mayor’s race, while former governor Eliot Spitzer is leading in the race to be the city’s next comptroller.

Propelled by high name identification and weeks of incessant media coverage, the pair of once disgraced pols is pulling off what seemed impossible a few short years ago: a political comeback. Both Weiner, who famously tweeted photos of his crotch to women on the Internet, and Spitzer, who was caught up in a federal prostitution probe, were forced to resign their offices but appear to be earning the forgiveness of New York City Democrats.

The two candidates, who entered their respective races late in the cycle, have turned their political fortunes around. Weiner leads in the race for the Democratic nomination with 25% of the primary vote, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Monday afternoon — up 8 percentage points in less than a month. He leads city-council speaker Christine Quinn, who has 22%, former comptroller William Thompson with 11%, public advocate Bill de Blasio with 10%, and comptroller John Liu with 7%, while 21% remain undecided. The Democratic race for mayor is almost certainly heading for a runoff, with the crowded field unlikely to put the front runner over the required 40% threshold.

Spitzer, who entered the Democratic primary for comptroller against Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer last week, holds a 48%-to-33% lead over his competitor.

Spitzer in particular is facing little drag from his past sins, though both underperform among women. His favorability is 53% among registered Democrats, compared with 32% unfavorable. Among men it’s 58% to 30%, and women 50% to 33%. Weiner’s favorability stands at 42%, with 36% holding unfavorable opinions. Among men he’s at 50% to 31%, and women 37% to 40%. Both candidates’ favorability ratings top all their competitors.

The poll surveyed 738 New York City registered Democrats from July 8 to 14, with a margin of error of ±3.6 percentage points.

17 comments
ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

It is really a tribute to the political maturity and intelligence of New Yorkers, that despite of their records, New Yorkers see something beyond their sins. Very seldom and rare can you find in New York who have the ability and intelligence plus the managerial ability that both Spitzer and Weiner possesses. Hold them tightly New York. Dont let other cities steal them away from you. They are your national treasures. Only Big Weiner and little Weiner has the wherewithal to manage New York. You get two Weiners for the price of one.



paulejb
paulejb

Weiner and Spitzer are fitting representatives of the modern Democrat party. It is the party of instant gratification and no responsibility. Why vote for people who are better than you are?

S_Deemer
S_Deemer

Rising has never been among Wiener's problems....

terryclifton1
terryclifton1

New Orleans, Chicago, and New York are infamous for electing criminals and scoundrels. Why  would these 2 scumbags be treated any different? After all, they exploited women for their own selfish desires, and yet only NOW has spoken out against these scumbags...Proof that most liberals and democrats don't really care about exploiting women; after all' as long as it's Democrats doing it.

tommyudo
tommyudo

@paulejb 


You  mean the instant gratification of a Mark Sanford who pleasures himself with his South American tootsie on taxpayer's expense. or the type of gratification that must have been had by Mark Foley (R-FL) with  under age Congressional  pages? 

tommyudo
tommyudo

@terryclifton1 

I bet you spend your free evenings helping David Vitter  change his diapers, or teaching Larry Craig to do a proper wide stance.

paulejb
paulejb

@tommyudo @paulejb 

There's sex and then there is perverted sex, Tommy. Democrats appear to lean towards the more kinky sex.

paulejb
paulejb

@tommyudo @paulejb 

A diaper, black socks, there is no telling what a john will do with a working girl. 

tommyudo
tommyudo

@paulejb @tommyudo 

Perverted. like wearing a diaper when meeting a hooker, or picking up guys in an airport men's room? I wonder if Sen. Craig drilled a hole in the wall for easy access, or whether Davey Vitter soiled himself at the climactic moment? Why didn't the MSM ask them?