Democrat Bill de Blasio is currently leading Republican Joe Lhota by a whopping 50 percent in the latest mayoral poll from Quinnipiac University.
A total 71 percent of those polled said they would vote for de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, while 21 percent would vote for Lhota, who is the former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrion has two percent of the vote in the poll.
According to the poll, white voters support de Blasio 55-40 percent over Lhota, while black voters back the public advocate 90-6 percent and Hispanics support him 79-10 percent.
A mere five percent of voters said they were undecided, but 11 percent of them said there was a chance they could change their minds.
The poll found that 38 percent of de Blasio’s supporters are “very enthusiastic,” while 49 percent are “somewhat enthusiastic.”
A total 26 percent of Lhota’s supporters are “very enthusiastic,” while 54 percent are “somewhat enthusiastic.”
“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 Quinnipiac University’s Polling Institute. “It’s a new city demographically and de Blasio captures it. 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.”
The poll, which was taken between Sept. 25 and Oct. 1, surveyed 1,198 likely voters via land lines and cell phones.