De Blasio has 50 percent lead over Lhota in new poll


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A new poll is predicting a landslide victory for Democrat Bill de Blasio in next month’s mayoral election.

De Blasio leads his GOP opponent Joe Lhota 71 to 21 percent among likely voters, according to the results of a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrion Jr. received two percent.

Those numbers are up from a September 19 Quinnipiac poll where de Blasio led Lhota 66 to 25 percent.

“The flurry of negative headlines about name changes, the Sandanista visit, the Cuban honeymoon don’t seem to have any effect,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Lhota, who received the endorsements of the Statewide Association of Minority Businesses and the Latinos Unidos de Flushing today, downplayed the importance of the poll numbers in a statement through his campaign spokesperson Thursday.

“Polls go up and polls go down. While Mr. de Blasio spends his time in hiding, ducking tough questions about his ill-conceived proposals, we will continue talking about Joe’s plans to create jobs, improve our schools and keep us safe. We are on TV with our first ad of the general election and we remain confident that once New Yorkers learn more, they will choose Joe Lhota, a proven leader with a real plan to move New York forward.”

The poll, conducted from September 25 to October 1, surveyed 1,198 likely voters and had a margin of error of plus and minus 2.8 percentage points.

 

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