NEW YORK—A Marist poll released Friday indicates that 27 percent of New York City voters are undecided about who they think should run for mayor in the next election. A handful of potential candidates have early support, with Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) leading the pack with 18 percent of Democratic voters citywide. The next election will take place in 2013.
Former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn tied in a hypothetical election with 15 percent of the Democratic votes each. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio secured 9 percent of supporting votes, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer garnered 4 percent of supporting votes.
The Bronx backs Quinn, while Brooklyn backs Thompson. Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island all call for Weiner to turn Mayor Weiner.
“With no clear front-runner and a large number of undecided voters, this contest is likely to attract a crowd of candidates,” stated Lee M. Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, in the report. “This is not unusual for an ‘open’ seat,” he added.
The majority of Democrats, or 62 percent, indicated that they would not support former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. However, 29 percent thought his running for mayor might not be such a bad idea.