Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio still holds a commanding lead over Republican Joe Lhota in the race for mayor, the latest poll suggests. Credit: Getty Images
Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio still holds a commanding lead over Republican Joe Lhota in the race for mayor, the latest poll suggests.
The public advocate leads the former MTA Chairman by 44 points, with support from 68 percent of likely voters to Lhota's 24 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.
Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrión has 2 percent of the vote in the new poll and five percent of voters are still undecided.
"The good news for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is that he probably can start drafting his inauguration speech," Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement.
De Blasio's lead dropped slightly since a comparable poll Oct. 3, which showed him ahead of Lhota by 50 points.
The poll surveyed 973 likely voters and has a margin of error plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.