A new Quinnipiac poll of the Democratic primary in the New York City mayoral election released Monday afternoon shows Anthony Weiner moving from frontrunner to last place among the major candidates after dropping 10 points in the wake of his sexting scandal.
Weiner was in first place with 26 percent in the last Quinnipiac poll, which was conducted just before the scandal spent days in the headlines. The new poll Monday showed Weiner in fourth place with 16 percent compared to 27 percent for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, 21 percent for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, and 20 percent for former Comptroller Bill Thompson.
This is the second poll indicating Weiner’s scandal has cost him support following an NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll released last Thursday that showed a nine point drop for Weiner.
Aside from providing further evidence of Weiner’s decline, the poll was a strong showing for Bill de Blasio, who many insiders were counting out prior to the scandal. De Blasio was up six points from his number in the last Quinnipiac poll meaning he gained slightly more than Quinn who was up five percent. Thompson’s numbers were unchanged between the two polls.