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Will Voters Be Willing To Give Weiner Another Chance?
Weiner, 48, has been near the top of most polls since his late entry into the race in May. But a new Quinnipiac University poll on Wednesday that was taken before the latest scandal had both Thompson and Quinn beating Weiner in a runoff.

Either way, the latest disclosures could severely test voters’ willingness to forgive him.

“It makes it tougher to believe this is behind him,” said Democratic former state Assemblyman Michael Benjamin, now a political consultant.

And some voters who were open-minded about a second chance may not be able to stomach a third.

“He had a chance to redeem himself and if he did it twice, he really betrayed the public’s trust again,” Jeremy Green said. “I think he’s past the point of no return.”

But as CBS 2’s Schneider reported, some voters remained squarely in Weiner’s corner Wednesday.

“Give him another chance. Give him another shot,” said Darryl Blue of Harlem. “We all make mistakes.”

“If I, in life, expect to ever get a second chance, I have to be willing to give a second chance,” added Eric Turner of Harlem, “so he has my vote.”

“People learn from their mistakes,” said Jazine Giamarco of Harlem. “You can’t hold the past on anybody. Everybody is entitled to a second chance.”

But just blocks away on the Upper West Side, voters were just as dug into their views – saying it is simply time for Weiner to go.

“Honestly, I don’t feel like I could trust him — and I’m a registered Democrat,” said Robbianit Mackin.

“He is finished. I think his wife should start walking,” said Suzanne Kratak of the Upper West Side. “How much can you ask of New Yorkers? This man has cooked his own goose.”

“I was never fully on board, but that tipping point, I was thinking, ‘Maybe I’ll go there,’” added Jimmy Schatz of the Upper West Side. “This just tipped it to the side of, ‘No thank you. No way.’”

In Forest Hills, Queens, in Weiner’s former congressional district, some gave the thumbs up.

“I love Anthony Weiner. I think he should continue, and I think he will make a great mayor,” one voter said. “I think what he does in his personal life, he does in his personal life.“

But still others said the latest sordid revelations were just too much.

“He’s lied too many times,” said Andrew Blitz. “I never liked him the first time around. He’s sleazy. This seals it for me.”

In announcing his run for mayor this past spring, Weiner admitted to “making mistakes and letting many people down.”

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