Support for Anthony Weiner drops after revelations: poll

Anthony Weiner stops to speak to the media outside his New York City apartment Wednesday.  Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar
Anthony Weiner stops to speak to the media outside his New York City apartment Wednesday.
Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar

A new poll suggests former congressman Anthony Weiner has lost significant ground after admitting he continued to have lewd conversations with women online even after resigning in 2011.

Among 551 registered Democrats, including some who are still undecided but leaning toward a certain candidate, Weiner has only 16 percent of the primary vote, nine points behind City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, according to a NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll conducted Wednesday and released Thursday.

“For many Democrats the latest revelations about Anthony Weiner are more of the same, only more so,” Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, said in a statement.  “Weiner has lost his lead and his negatives are at an all-time high.”

In a poll released by the same groups in June, Weiner led the race with 25 percent of the vote, five points ahead of Quinn.

The new poll showed 55 percent of registered Democrats have an unfavorable opinion of Weiner, 19 more points than in June.

In the new poll, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson are tied with 14 percent of the vote, seven points ahead of current City Comptroller John Liu.

Among 320 Democrats likely to vote in the primary, Quinn still leads at 26 percent, with de Blasio at a statistical tie with Weiner.

Democrats are divided on whether or not Weiner should stay in the race, with 47 percent saying he should continue despite the new details of his relationships online and another 43 percent saying he should drop out of the contest. A tenth are undecided.

If Weiner were to drop out, Quinn leads the race with 32 percent, followed by Bill Thompson at 17 percent and de Blasio at 16 percent.

Asked whether Weiner’s online sexual relationships will impact their vote, 46 percent of Democrats said it would, while 49 percent said it wouldn’t factor into their decision.

Results of registered Democrats have a margin of error plus or minus 4.2 percentage points. Results of those Democrats likely to vote in the primary have a margin of error plus or minus 5 percentage points.

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