Bill de Blasio leads Joe Lhota by 50 points in latest NYC mayoral poll

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Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio’s has a staggering 50-point lead against Republican Joe Lhota in the mayor’s race, the latest poll found.
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Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio has a staggering 50-point lead against Republican Joe Lhota in the mayor’s race, the latest Quinnipiac University poll found.

De Blasio has the support of 71 percent of likely general election voters, with Lhota trailing at just 21 percent roughly a month before the general election, according to the poll released Thursday.

“These numbers say Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s kids can start arguing over who gets the best bedroom in Gracie Mansion,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Lhota’s campaign appeared unconcerned about the numbers, with a campaign spokeswoman saying in a statement, “Polls go up and polls go down.”

“While Mr. de Blasio spends his time in hiding, ducking tough questions about his ill-conceived proposals, we will continue talking about Joe’s plans to create jobs, improve our schools and keep us safe,” said the spokeswoman, Jessica Proud.

Independent Party candidate Adolfo Carrión has 2 percent, and 5 percent remain undecided. Of those who named a candidate, 11 percent said there’s a “good chance” they would change their minds.

De Blasio’s favorability among voters has increased by 6 points to 69 percent since a comparable poll. Just over a quarter of those polled had a favorable opinion of Lhota, but 33 percent also said they haven’t heard enough about the former MTA chairman.

The poll found that there is a small gender gap and a large racial gap between de Blasio and Lhota supporters, though the public advocate commands a lead in all demographics.

“It’s a new city demographically and de Blasio captures it,” Caroll said. “His primary-election coalition, with huge support among black and Hispanic voters, holds in this poll taken after primary-day opinions had time to settle in.”

Though Lhota doesn’t appear to have gained ground since the first polls after the primary were released two weeks ago, his supporters are steadfast in their choice, with 70 percent saying they would “definitely vote” for him.

Still, 79 percent of de Blasio supporters also said they would not change their minds come election day.

The poll surveyed 1,198 likely general election voters with margin of error plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

Only 11 percent of voters surveyed identified as Republicans.

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