Poll: Voters more comfortable with female, openly-gay than biz executive mayor

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If elected, Christine Quinn would be the first female mayor as well as the first openly gay head of the city. Official NYC Council photo by William Alatriste
If elected, Christine Quinn would be the first female mayor as well as the first openly gay head of the city.

BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

New Yorkers are ready to have a woman lead the city, but are less interested in having another business executive as mayor, a new poll found.

Conducted by Quinnipiac University, the poll said 64 percent of New Yorkers are comfortable with the idea of having a woman candidate be mayor and 27 percent are enthusiastic about it. The poll also found that 63 percent of New Yorkers are comfortable with the idea of a gay candidate in office, while 15 percent are enthusiastic about the idea.

If elected, mayoral favorite City Council Speaker Christine Quinn would be the first female and openly-gay mayor of New York City.

“Council Speaker Christine Quinn is edging up toward that magic 40 percent that would make her the Democratic nominee without a primary run-off,” director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, Maurice Carroll said.

Quinn also holds a lead over her business executive counterparts. The poll found that only 47 percent of New Yorkers are comfortable with the idea of a business executive candidate as mayor, and only 10 percent enthusiastic about the idea.

“Only being a business executive draws significant negative votes in a mayoral candidate,” Carroll said.

 

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