8:30 pm Oct. 18, 2012
Council Speaker Christine Quinn is still the most popular candidate for mayor among registered Democrats, even if she's less popular than before, according to a new poll.
Twenty-three percent of registered Democrats citywide favor Quinn for mayor next year, down from 32 percent in April, according to the poll from NY1-Marist.
Quinn has yet to declare she's running, but when she does finally do so, it will be a formality.
Former comptroller Bill Thompson, who ran a close second to Bloomberg in 2009 despite being outspent by more than 10 to 1, remained at about the same level: Fifteen percent of Democrats said they would vote him mayor this time, compared to 12 percent this spring.
Thirty-seven percent of the Democrats surveyed said they were undecided, compared to 29 percent in April.
The rest of the field is polling below 10 percent at this incredibly early stage.
Manhattan Media C.E.O. Tom Allon, who switched his party registration from Democrat to Republican after this poll was conducted, was in the mix, and brought up the rear, with two percent.
The pollsters asked about pretend candidates, too. Forty-six percent of those polled do not want Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to run, compared to 35 percent who do. And a majority of voters remain uninterested in candidacies by disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, disgraced former governor Eliot Spizter, and volcanic actor Alec Baldwin.
As for the current mayor, 45 percent of registered New York City voters think he's doing either a "good" or "excellent" job in office, about the same as in April. Twenty percent think he's doing poorly.
Forty-three percent said Bloomberg's legacy would be a positive one, about the same as April.
And, as in the spring, slightly more than half of those polled think New York is moving in the right direction.
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