NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) – Possible candidates for the 2013 Democratic primary for New York City mayor would each garner support if the contest were held today but statistically speaking their numbers give just an inkling of how they might fare in a real race, a new poll released Monday shows.

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The NY1-Marist Poll shows New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn getting 20 percent of the vote; Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, 16 percent; former city Comptroller Bill Thompson, 12 percent; and Comptroller John Liu 10 percent. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio garnered 7 percent and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, 6 percent.

The telephone poll of 403 registered Democrats was taken Sept. 20 through Sept. 22.

It has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points, meaning the results for either candidate could be interpreted as 5 points higher or 5 points lower. In other words, Quinn could end up getting 15 percent of the vote while Markowitz could get 21 percent. Statistically speaking, support for the two is about even.

“This is a campaign story still to be told,” said Lee Miringoff, head of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, noting that the election is so far away and the poll showed that 25 percent of the Democrats surveyed were undecided.

Markowitz has not expressed interest in running for mayor. If the popular Brooklyn Borough president were out of the picture, Quinn and Thompson would be about even, the poll shows. Without Markowitz, 22 percent of Democrats are for Quinn, and 18 percent for Thompson.

In polling 623 registered voters, NY1-Marist found another factor in the primary might be Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is serving his third and last term.

“Those looking to succeed Mayor Bloomberg might welcome his support,” said Miringoff. “But if the numbers hold, don’t expect anyone to make his endorsement the centerpiece of their campaign.”

Such an endorsement could have a less than positive effect, the poll shows.

Bloomberg’s support would make nearly half of Democratic voters in New York City – 47 percent – less likely to vote for a candidate. But a mayoral endorsement would spur 29 percent to choose that candidate. Seventeen percent said it made no difference; 6 percent were unsure.

The poll had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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Comments (8)
  1. Rugbyball says:

    Why the hell would you vote for her! I don’t care about her sexual preference, that’s her business, but she is the main cause and reason Bloomberg got the changes in rules, sneakily and some would say illegally, to allow him a to run for a third term as mayor.
    You will find out she will have fund raising parties and all of the M/B-illionars Mike Bloomberg knows will be there with their checkbook because Mike asked them to (or to pay back a favor/bet to Mike)

    If she gets in it’s because the voters of NYC are lemmings and are clueless!

    If you were mad about Mike doing an end around the law and the peoples wishes and getting a third term and vote for Christine Quinn for Mayor, you get what you deserve!

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  3. sammy says:

    Like Nick said. another 4 years of the same s hit from this le zbo p o s
    The city is doomed – I hope i can get out before it goes down the drain

    1. Michael H. says:

      Where do you live? I’ll help you pack.

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  4. Going Going Gone says:

    Would not go as far as Mr. Schmo but I would say it is time to leave.

  5. Joe Schmo says:

    At this point even Al Sharpton or a repeat of Dinkins would be better than the p.o.s. who is mayor now.

    1. Nick 9075 says:

      Sure Mayor Bloomberg Part IV. Yeah, she is young, hip and from ‘Chelsea’. Should win other Manhattan voters most whom are in her demographic..

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