‘Underdog’ Joe Lhota unconcerned about second early poll showing Bill de Blasio with a strong lead

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is crushing former MTA chairman Joe Lhota in a second poll this week of the mayor's race.  Credit: Getty Images
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is crushing former MTA chairman Joe Lhota in a second poll this week of the mayor’s race.
Credit: Getty Images

Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio has a huge lead over Republican Joe Lhota in the race for mayor, a second poll has suggested this week.

Among likely voters, the Public Advocate has a majority 66 percent, with the former MTA chairman and deputy mayor trailing at just 25 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Despite the poor showing twice in one week, Lhota said he wasn’t worried and that he expected to be in this position.

“I love being in the underdog position, it gives me an opportunity to do all the things that I want to do,” Lhota said on the steps of City Hall. “I won’t be defending a position, I’ll be on offense the whole time.”

Still, the new poll, which surveyed 891 likely voters, also showed de Blasio with a strong base among minorities, with 90 percent of blacks and 68 percent of Hispanics polled saying they supported him.

“The Quinnipiac numbers show he’s doing in the general election at this stage of the game just what he did in the primary,” Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, explained at City Hall.

“He’s putting together the same kind of coalition—coalition of minorities,” Carroll added. “Okay among white voters, gang-busters among blacks and Hispanics.”

The majority of white voters polled, 52 percent, supported de Blasio.

Lhota stressed that the results were “early.”

“You’ll see these polls change over time, I’m sure,” he said.

The poll of likely voters had a margin of error plus or minus 3.3 percentage points. Only 11 percent of those polled were Republicans.

Follow Anna Sanders on Twitter: @AnnaESanders


Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…


Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.


Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.


OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…


Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."


'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…


MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox


2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch


2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams…

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams have the best shot at a championship. The Thunder, Clippers, Heat and Rockets lead the way.


2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced


VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.


#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.


Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.


Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.