New York City mayoral hopefuls City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio are in a statistical tie for first among likely Democratic primary voters, according to a new NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released Thursday.
The survey found de Blasio and Quinn each garnered the support of 24 percent of likely primary voters.
The poll, which sampled 355 likely primary voters between Monday and Wednesday, has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.2 percentage points.
Former comptroller Bill Thompson had the support of about 18 percent of likely primary voters and ex-congressman Anthony Weiner had about 11 percent, according to the poll.
The Democratic primary is set for Sept. 10. If no candidate receives 40 percent of the vote in the primary, the top two finishers advance to a run-off election three weeks later.
The poll was the second released this week to show a bump in support for de Blasio. A Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday had de Blasio with the support of 30 percent of likely Democratic voters, launching his campaign to front-runner status. The Quinnipiac poll showed Quinn with the support of 24 percent of likely voters.
"Voters are getting to know Bill de Blasio and they are responding, because he is the only Democrat who will break from the Bloomberg years by raising taxes on the wealthy to invest in universal pre-K and after-school programs, ending racial profiling, and fighting to save community hospitals," de Blasio spokesman Dan Levitan said in a statement.
Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, said de Blasio's favorability rating was climbing and his support has picked up among voters in the Bronx, Brooklyn and in Queens.
The percentage of likely Democratic voters who had an unfavorable opinion of Anthony Weiner climbed to 63 percent in the latest poll, Miringoff said. The former congressman had been near the top of some polls before recent revelations that he had continued to trade illicit online messages with women after resigning from Congress due to similar behavior.
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