De Blasio surges ahead in latest mayoral race poll

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THE COURIER/File photo
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With the primary about two weeks away, Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio has a double-digit lead over his opponents, according to the results of an August 28 Quinnipiac University poll.

After taking over as the front-runner earlier this month, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio now has a double-digit lead over his mayoral primary opponents, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll.

In the August 28 survey, 36 percent of likely Democratic voters said they would vote for de Blasio.

That number is close to the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff. If the September 10 primary winner does not reach that percentage, the top two vote-getters will face each other in an October 1 election.

Following de Blasio in the poll was City Council Speaker Christine Quinn with 21 percent, former City Comptroller William Thompson with 20 percent, former Congressmember Anthony Weiner with 8 percent, City Comptroller John Liu with 6 percent, former Councilmember Sal Albanese with1 percent and 8 percent undecided.

The poll also showed that de Blasio would win over Quinn and Thompson in a runoff by a healthy margin. In that situation, he would lead Quinn 59 to 30 percent and Thompson 52 to 36 percent.