Polls Show Shifts in NYC Races

NEW YORK -

Christine Quinn has a double-digit lead over any of her mayoral challengers in a new poll, the first time the city council speaker regained such high ground atop the Democratic field since Anthony Weiner’s entrance into the race in March.

The NBC/WSJ/Marist poll released Thursday shows Quinn leading Weiner 25 percent to 16
percent among registered Democrats.

Former City Comptroller Bill Thompson is tied with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio with 14 percent support each.

If Weiner were to drop out of the race, Quinn’s lead would extend to 32 percent, with de Blasio at 18 percent and Thompson at 16 percent.

Meanwhile, two new polls have mixed messages for ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s comeback campaign for New York City comptroller.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows him roughly even with Democratic rival Scott Stringer among likely Democratic voters. Spitzer gets 49 percent to 45 percent for Stringer, the Manhattan borough president, within the 4.4-percentage-point margin of error.

An NBC/WSJ/Marist poll shows likely Democratic primary voters favor Spitzer over Stringer, 48 percent to 36 percent. Its margin of error is 5.5 percentage points.