Poll suggests Bill de Blasio has enough support to avoid runoff election in Democratic mayoral primary

Credit: Bess Adler
Credit: Bess Adler

The latest poll on the mayor’s race suggests that Public Advocate Bill de Blasio will get enough votes to clinch the Democratic nomination without a runoff election.

Of 750 likely Democratic primary voters surveyed, de Blasio has 43 percent of the vote, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuseday.

Former City Comptroller Bill Thompson trails 13 points behind de Blasio at 20 percent and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has 18 percent of the vote, according to the poll.

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner has 7 percent and current City Comptroller John Liu is at 4 percent. Eight percent of likely voters are still undecided.

The poll comes a week before the primary, when a Democratic candidate needs 40 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff election between the top two contenders.

Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, questioned if de Blasio could continue the surge for seven more days.

“If he does, his first contribution could be to the New York City budget—saving the expense of a run-off election,” Carroll said in a statement.

Credit: Quinnipiac University Polling Institute
Credit: Quinnipiac University Polling Institute

The poll shows de Blasio with 47 percent of black voters and 44 percent of women voters.

In runoff scenarios with both Thompson and Quinn, de Blasio has a majority of the vote.

Despite the lead, nearly a quarter of voters surveyed said there is a “good chance” they will change their minds before the primary. The results also include those voters who “lean toward” a certain candidate.

In response to the poll’s results, de Blasio’s campaign manager Bill Hyers said New Yorkers are “responding” to his “progressive vision.”

The poll had a margin of error plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

Follow Anna Sanders on Twitter: @AnnaESanders


Bloomberg launches $50 million anti-gun violence effort

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million on a grassroots anti-gun violence network to challenge the National Rifle Association.


East Village woman fights off rape attempt from…

An East Village woman fought off an attempted rapist that she woke to find standing on her bed over the weekend, police said.


Nearly 300 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.


Police look for man suspected of threatening Muslim…

Police seek man suspected of calling a teen Muslim girl a "terrorist" and spitting on her multiple times while on a Queens bus.


Jim Rash talks 'The Writer's Room' and amazing…

For Jim Rash, as the fifth season of "Community" comes to a close, the second season of "The Writer's Room" begins.


Poems from prison: 'How to Survive a Bullet…

Celebrate National Poetry Month with, "'How to Survive a Bullet to the Heart."


Review: 'Heaven is for Real' tries to be…

The mega-bestseller "Heaven is for Real" becomes a movie that tries to portray wrestling with faith — or at least it tries to try.

The Word

Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg are engaged

If Donnie Wahlberg wants to get vaccinated against anything, he should do it soon: he and Jenny McCarthy are engaged, she just announced on "The View."


Islanders back to rebuilding mode after disappointing season

One season after qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2006-07, the Islanders finished 2013-14 with a 34-37-11 record.


Jets confident despite Chris Johnson leaving with no…

Jets fans clamored for a playmaker on offense all offseason. It looked like they were going to land that player on Tuesday when Chris Johnson…


Knicks, Nets rivalry never materialized despite national attention

When the NBA schedule was released, the league anticipated an intense rivalry between the Nets and Knicks with all four games slated for national TV.


NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could…

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could the Mavericks surprise?


Steal home decorating tips from stylist and creator…

We hit her up for some space-conscious, budget-friendly design tips.


Could a facelift give you the edge at…

It's not just women lining up for procedures.


How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…


Personalize your massage at a private practice

CityTouch customizes spa treatments to meet client's needs.