De Blasio was the choice of 71 percent of likely New York voters, far ahead of the 21 percent who favor Lhota, the Quinnipiac University poll found.READ MORE: Who Is Cuomo's Possible Successor, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul?
De Blasio’s margin grew from 66 percent to 25 percent in the last Quinnipiac survey, which was released Sept. 19.
“These numbers say Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s kids can start arguing over who gets the best bedroom in Gracie Mansion,” Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement. “The flurry of negative headlines about name changes, the Sandinista visit, the Cuban honeymoon don’t seem to have any effect.”
De Blasio said that the lead was “gratifying and humbling.”
“I don’t take anything for granted,” he told 1010 WINS. “Even though this is a wonderful poll, we’ve over a month ahead and we’re going to work very hard.”
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Five percent of voters remain undecided. But 11 percent of respondents who named a candidate say there’s still a “good chance” they’ll change their mind by Nov. 5.
Among white voters, the survey shows de Blasio ahead of Lhota 55 to 40 percent. Among black voters he leads 90 to 6 percent and 79 to 10 percent among Hispanics.
Experts told CBS 2’s Dick Brennan that the numbers may suggest that many voters are not yet familiar with Lhota.
“De Blasio is riding a surge of momentum that he is riding from the waning weeks of the primary campaign. Nothing has changed in the dynamic. People don’t know who Joe Lhota is and there hasn’t been a meaningful roadblock to stop that surge,” Baruch College’s David Birdsell said.
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