Three Polls Show De Blasio Near Runoff-Proof 40 Percent


Bill de Blasio enters Tuesday’s New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary within striking distance of winning the nomination outright and avoiding a runoff, according to a trio of new polls.

Quinnipiac University’s latest poll released Tuesday showed de Blasio hovering near the 40 percent mark, but indicated that he slipped a bit in the last week. Thirty-nine percent of likely primary voters said they intend to back de Blasio, down from the 43 percent support he drew in Quinnipiac’s poll last week. Quinnipiac’s latest showed 25 percent of voters supporting Bill Thompson while 18 percent gave the nod to erstwhile frontrunner Christine Quinn. 

A survey released Sunday by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found de Blasio with the support of 38 percent of likely primary voters, a mere two points away from the crucial 40 percent threshold necessary to avoid a runoff. Thompson trailed with 19 percent support while Quinn lagged behind with the support of 13 percent. Anthony Weiner and Bill Liu drew the support of nine percent and five percent respectively, according to PPP.

A Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist poll released Sunday found de Blasio in a similar position of strength with the support of 36 percent of likely Democratic primary voters. The poll showed Thompson and Quinn tied with 20 percent each.


This post has been updated.

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