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Political Roundup: De Blasio, Lhota face off in final debate


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Mayoral candidates Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota had their third and final debate Wednesday.

The debate was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was moved to last night in observance of the Sandy anniversary,

Questions about Sandy led off the debate, but the two once again battled over many of the same issues they did in the previous two debates, including education, crime and taxes.

A Quinnipiac University poll released the same day of the debate showed de Blasio still has as significant lead over Lhota in the race.

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De Blasio maintains wide lead in latest poll


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The newest Quinnipiac University poll shows Democrat Bill de Blasio still has a commanding lead over his Republican opponent Joe Lhota in the mayor’s race.

The poll found that De Blasio tops Lhota 68 to 24 percent among likely voters. Independence candidate Adolfo Carrion received 2 percent in the survey.

Lhota improved slightly since the last Quinnipiac University poll, released on October 3, which showed de Blasio with a 71 to 21 percent lead over him.

But with only two weeks to go until Election Day, the poll also found that only 5 percent of likely voters are still undecided. Eight percent of voters who named a candidate said there’s a “good chance” they will change their mind by November 5.

“The good news for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is that he probably can start drafting is inauguration speech,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling  Institute.

“The bad news is that New York City voters’ priority for the next mayor is – you guessed it – jobs, something over which a mayor has very little control. The next priority is education and if he can succeed where so many have not, they can name a school after him.”

According to the poll, released Monday, 32 percent of likely voters said creating jobs is the top priority for the next mayor, followed by education at 24 percent, keeping crime rates low at 20 percent and reducing the gap between the rich and poor at 18 percent.

The poll, conducted from October 16 to 20, surveyed 973 likely voters and had a margin of error of plus and minus 3.1 percentage points.

On October 15, de Blasio and Lhota faced each other in their first general election mayoral debate. The following day, Lhota released a new campaign ad highlighting his Democratic opponent’s “weak positions on crime.”

 

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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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Weiner falls to fourth place in latest poll


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After losing his lead in the mayoral race in one poll last week, Anthony Weiner has fallen to fourth place in another survey of voters.

In a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday Weiner received 16 percent of the likely Democratic primary vote, down from 26 percent in a July 24 Quinnipiac survey, where he placed first.

“With six weeks to go, anything can happen, but it looks like former Congressman Anthony Weiner may have sexted himself right out of the race for New York City mayor,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Pulling ahead of Weiner is City Council Speaker Christine Quinn with 27 percent, followed by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio with 21 percent and former Comptroller Bill Thompson with 20 percent.

Finishing behind Weiner in the poll were Democratic opponents Comptroller John Liu, who garnered 6 percent, and former Councilmember Sal Albanese who had 2 percent.

The poll also found 53 percent of Democratic primary voters believe Weiner should drop out of the race following the former Congressmember’s latest sexting scandal.

If Weiner does withdraw his bid for mayor, the poll showed Quinn would still receive the most votes in the primary, but a runoff would still be likely.

In a runoff between Weiner and Quinn, the poll found Quinn would come out on top. But if the City Council Speaker faced Thompson, then she would lose the primary.

 

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Poll: Queens voters most supportive of NYPD inspector general


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BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

The majority of New Yorkers are in favor of the creation of an independent inspector general to monitor the NYPD, a new poll found.

Conducted by Quinnipiac University, the poll found that New York City voters support the idea by a 66 to 25 percent margin.

Queens voters were the most approving of the idea with a margin of 70 to 22 percent. By contrast, Staten Island voters were the most disapproving, with a margin of 46 to 50.

“With support from every sub-group except Staten Island voters, and a substantial racial divide, two-thirds of New York City voters think cops should have an outside monitor,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute

Support from white voters comes in at 53 to 38 percent. Minority voters are heavily in favor of the idea, with Hispanics voting in favor 77 to 13 and black voters in favor 78 to 13 percent 

“Only 8 percent of voters agree with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Commissioner Ray Kelly that having an inspector general will make the city less safe,” Caroll said. “While 43 percent say it will make the city safer and another 43 percent say it won’t make a difference.”

 

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Poll: Cuomo loses support following gun bill


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Governor Andrew Cuomo’s rush to pass tougher gun legislation in the state may have won him points with some voters, but support for him, especially from the GOP, has dropped, according to a recently released Quinnipiac University poll.

Last month Cuomo’s approval rating decreased from an all-time high of 74-13 percent last month to 59-28 percent.

Among Republicans, it went from 68-12 percent in December to 44-43 percent in Quinnipiac’s January survey.

Though Cuomo’s Democratic support didn’t take as big of a hit, it was still down from last month, dropping to 74 – 14 percent from 82 – 9 percent.

When specifically asked about the gun control legislation, 34 percent of all voters and 59 percent of Republicans thought that it went “too far” in restricting firearm owners’ rights.

Despite these drops, Cuomo is still popular among the majority of voters, and likely hasn’t lost a lot of his political power in Albany.

“With approval ratings that consistently topped 70 percent, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had the political capital to spend when he set out to pass the toughest gun control laws in the nation,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “It is possible that the gun law cost him some of that political capital, but a 2-1 job approval rating still makes him the envy of most governors.”

 

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Joe Lhota officially enters mayoral race


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Lhoto photo courtesy of MTA/Flickr / Additional photos courtesy of Twitter (@JoeLhota)

It’s official. Joe Lhota, former CEO and chair of the MTA, is a mayoral candidate.

On Thursday Lhota filed papers with the Board of Elections to become the 109th mayor of New York City.

This morning on his newly created campaign website and Facebook page as well as on both his personal and campaign Twitter accounts he made the announcement:

He also tweeted an image with the slogan “A mayor for all of New York, proven leadership” and a photoshopped picture of Grand Central’s Mercury clock  with “Joe Lhota for Mayor” written below it.

The ex-transit head stepped down from his MTA position at the end of 2012 so he could ponder his candidacy, and said he would make his final decision on running in early January.

Lhota, a former deputy mayor for operations during the Rudy Giuliani administration, will reportedly run as a Republican.

Among his own party Lhota is a top contender, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

Twenty-three percent of New York City voters said they would vote for Lhota in a Republican primary for mayor.

Coming in second was supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis with nine percent, followed by newspaper publisher Tom Allon with five percent, former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion with three percent and Doe Fund founder George McDonald with two percent.

But 53 percent of those surveyed were still undecided.

The same Quinnipiac poll also found that voters would back several potential Democratic candidates, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and City Comptroller William Thompson, over Lhota by a 3-1 margin or more.

 

 

Gov. Cuomo receives high marks for Sandy response


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In a new Siena College poll, the majority of New York State voters said they were happy with how Governor Andrew Cuomo has handled the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

According to the results, 67 percent felt that the governor has done an excellent or good job, 22 percent said he has done a fair job and seven percent said he’s done a poor job.

In New York City, a slightly higher percentage, 70 percent, gave Cuomo a high rating.

In an effort to help with Sandy relief,  the  governor is travelling to Washington D.C. today to lobby for about $42 billion that the state needs to recover from the storm and protect itself from the next significant weather event.

State voters were almost as pleased with how President Obama and Mayor Michael Bloomberg handled the superstorm.

Sixty-one percent said that Obama did an excellent or good job and 55 percent gave Bloomberg the same rating.

In a Quinnipiac University poll from two weeks ago, New York City voters thought that Obama did a better job than Governor Cuomo, but gave him higher marks than Bloomberg.

But in the same poll, voters also rated New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s handling of the storm and its aftermath higher than all three politicians.

The Siena poll did not ask state voters about Christie.

It did, however, ask about the utility companies, FEMA and the MTA.

The majority of voters were pleased with FEMA and the Metropolitan Transit Agency, but gave Con Edison mixed ratings.

Forty-nine percent said that Con Ed did a good or excellent job, while 29 percent said the utility did a fair job and 15 percent gave it a poor rating.

Voters were not as happy with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), which has received criticism on how it has responded to the storm.

Only one in six Long Islanders said LIPA did an excellent or good job with post-Sandy power problems, and 60 percent said it performed poorly.

The poll also asked about other aspects of Sandy, including how the storm affected voters—from home and business damage to school closings and power outages.

“Nearly one in seven voters suffered damage to their home, including one-quarter of downstate suburbanites. More than one-third lost their power, including more than eight in ten suburbanites.  And more than two-thirds of  New Yorkers saw their schools close for at least a day, and one-third had schools closed for at least a week,” said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg  “Not in a very long time has a natural disaster directly affected more New Yorkers than Sandy.

Additionally, the poll found that more than half of New Yorkers have made a financial contribution to a charitable organization raising money for those affected by Sandy, and 26 percent have volunteered their time.

The storm may have also forced New Yorkers to take global warming more seriously.

Because of Sandy and other significant storms from the last couple of years, 69 percent believe that they climate change is real.

New Yorkers: Gov Christie best at responding to Sandy


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For the first time New Yorkers may be jealous of New Jersey.

In a Quinnipiac University poll released today, the city’s voters said that Governor Chris Christie did the best job of responding to Superstorm Sandy.

Thirty-six percent of poll takers, who were asked to choose among the New Jersey governor, President Obama, Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg, rated Christie number one.

The president came in second with 22 percent, followed by Cuomo at 15 percent and Bloomberg at 12.

Despite being beat by leaders outside of New York, a large majority of city voters still said the two did an “excellent” or “good job.”

The storm even raised the mayor’s approval rating to 56 percent, his highest grade in two years, according to Quinnipiac.

“The storm-of-the-century brings out the best in Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New Yorkers say. But that love fest between New Jersey Governor Christopher Christie and President Barack Obama seems to have moved voters especially,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “While all four leaders get very high marks—it seems a hug or two never hurts.”

The poll also asked New York City voters what they thought of other storm response efforts.

Though there has been criticism of the MTA, Red Cross and utility companies, the majority of those surveyed thought the transit agency and disaster relief organization as well as first responders did an “excellent” or “good,” job, but only 37 percent gave utility companies that rating.

Additionally, about half of poll takers thought that government and relief agencies favored Manhattan over the outer boroughs.

When it comes to future storms, with the fear of climate change in mind, most of the city’s voters favor spending billions of dollars to better protect the city from weather disasters like Sandy.