Early mayoral poll shows de Blasio with wide lead over Lhota

Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio emerges from a voting booth with his wife Chirlane McCray after voting in the New York City mayoral primary on September 10, 2013 in Brooklyn.  Credit: Getty Images
Public advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio emerges from a voting booth with his wife Chirlane McCray after voting in the New York City mayoral primary on Sept. 10 in Brooklyn.
Credit: Getty Images

Just a week after the mayoral primaries, Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio has a huge lead over his Republican opponent Joe Lhota in an early poll of the general election.

The public advocate leads with 65 percent percent of likely voters, including those who are undecided but leaning toward a candidate, with Lhota trailing 43 points behind at just 22 percent, according to The Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist Poll.

“Joe Lhota must attract many Democrats to be competitive against the heavily favored Bill de Blasio, and right now, that’s not happening,” Lee M. Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, said in a statement on the results.

The poll surveyed 632 likely voters, only 13 percent of whom identified as Republicans, a quarter of whom said they supported de Blasio.

De Blasio’s early lead against Lhota is across the board, with majority support among blacks, Latinos, whites, women and men. He also leads in every borough.

Shrugging off the results, a spokeswoman for the Lhota campaign said the former MTA chairman and deputy mayor’s experience will resonate with all New Yorkers.

“We always knew we’d be the underdog in this race and once New Yorkers learn more about Bill’s radical policies, they will be looking for a practical alternative,” Jessica Proud said in a statement.

Still, the poll suggests Lhota has a lot of ground to cover, with 41 percent of 930 registered voters saying they viewed him unfavorably and 30 percent saying they never heard of him.

On the other hand, de Blasio has 65 percent favorability among voters.

When it comes to major issues such as improving schools, making the city more affordable, leading the city through a crisis, handling the city’s finances and keeping crime down, the majority of registered voters viewed de Blasio as the more capable candidate.

The poll also suggested former Bronx Borough President and independent candidate Adolfo Carrión Jr. has 3 percent of the vote.

With just under two months to go, 9 percent of voters are still undecided.

The poll of likely voters has a margin of error plus or minus 3.9 percentage points. The poll of registered voters has a margin of error plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

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