A new poll from Quinnipiac University released today shows New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn leading among Democrats for next year's mayoral race, CNN reports:
Quinn, who has yet to announce an official bid but is expected to run, has the support of 32% of registered Democrats in the potentially crowded primary, while other likely candidates fall behind with 10% or less of the vote...
...Former City Comptroller Bill Thompson (who has already launched his mayoral bid) comes in second with 10%, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has 9%; City Comptroller John Liu collects 5%, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer comes in with 4%, according to the survey. The poll was conducted, however, before Stringer dropped out of the running and decided to run for city comptroller.
Two Republican candidates were included in the polling but would not have much of a chance against a Democrat:
Two speculated GOP contenders were included in the poll: Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chair and CEO Joseph Lhota and former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion. Lhota would lose to an unnamed Democratic candidate 60% to 9%, and Carrion would be defeated 62% to 11%, according to the survey.
Most polled also want NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a supporter of Quinn, to keep his money out of the race.