A Quinnipiac University poll of the New York City mayor's race released Wednesday showed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio firmly in first place with 36 percent of the vote, just shy of the crucial 40 percent threshold necessary for avoiding a run-off with the second place finisher.
The poll found City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in second place with 21 percent and former Comptroller Bill Thompson in third with 20 percent. There was a margin of error of four points, meaning Quinn and Thompson were essentially tied. Quinnipiac also found de Blasio would beat Quinn or Thompson by substantial double digit margins.
De Blasio is up six points from the last Quinnipiac poll, which was released August 13. Quinn dropped three points since that poll and Thompson went down two points. A Wall Street Journal/NBC 4/Marist poll released Aug. 16 showed de Blasio and Quinn tied for first place with 24 percent each.