With just over a week until the election, a new poll suggests likely voters still support Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio to Republican Joe Lhota by an overwhelming majority.
The public advocate leads the former MTA chairman and deputy mayor by 45 percentage points, 68 to 23 percent, according to The New York Times/Siena College Poll released Monday.
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"Approaching the homestretch of the campaign to choose New York's first new mayor in 12 years, Bill de Blasio is poised to win a lopsided victory over Joe Lhota," Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said in a statement. "Over the last few weeks, Lhota has picked up a few undecided voters, however, he has failed in cutting into the more than two-thirds of likely voters who continue to support de Blasio."
According to the poll, Independent Party candidate Adolfo Carrión has one percent of the vote, with another six percent of voters undecided.
The candidates' opinions on issues, not their party affiliation or qualifications, were the most important factor in voters' decisions, the poll found.
Despite this, 55 percent believe Lhota is a 'typical' Republican and de Blasio is a 'typical' Democrat. The poll found voters have a much higher opinion of the latter,
In the last few weeks, de Blasio has attempted to link the government shutdown to his Republican rival. While 45 percent of voters said the shutdown wouldn't affect their vote, another 47 percent said it makes them "more likely" to vote for a Democrat.
"New York City voters appear ready to elect their first Democratic Mayor since 1989 as they are in a very Democratic state of mind," Greenberg said.
Almost one in ten voters polled, including 76 percent of Lhota supporters, said they believed de Blasio would win the election.
The poll also found that if de Blasio is elected, his administration will face high expectations, with a majority of voters surveyed saying they believed he will improve public housing and increase the amount of affordable housing.
A quarter of voters polled, including 63 percent of Lhota supporters and 10 percent of de Blasio suppertors, said the election coverage has made them less hopeful that "New York City's future is bright."
Still, 43 percent of those polled said the coverage had made them hopeful of the city's future.
The poll surveyed 701 likely registered voters and has a margin of error plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.
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