A New York Times/Siena College poll released Friday showed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio with a large lead in the Democratic primary of the New York City mayor’s race. The poll found de Blasio in first place with 32 percent of likely Democratic voters compared to 18 percent for former Comptroller Bill Thompson and 17 percent for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. About one in six voters remains undecided ahead of the Sept. 10 primary.
De Blasio was up 18 points from the last New York Times/Siena College poll, which was released Aug. 9 and showed him in third place. His lead in the poll was slightly more modest than it was in a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday that showed him with 36 percent of the vote, just shy of the 40 percent threshhold necessary to avoid a runoff with the second place finisher.
Along with an amNewYork-News 12 poll released Thursday, this was the first poll to find Quinn in third behind de Blasio and Thompson. Apart from Anthony Weiner’s brief time atop the polls in, Quinn had been leading the pack until de Blasio’s numbers began surging earlier this month. The New York Times/Siena College poll also found Quinn with the highest unfavorability ratings of the three top candidates.
This post has been updated.