Bloomberg to press: Polls are just something to keep you busy

Bloomberg and Rachel Haot. (Dana Rubinstein)
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"All I can tell you is, I've been there three times," Michael Bloomberg said today, during a press conference announcing Spotify's expansion plans. "The polls change, number one. Number two, the polls are more a function of who you ask."

He was responding to a question about one of the two polls of the mayor's race that came out this week.

One showed former Rep. Anthony Weiner leading Council Speaker Christine Quinn among Democrats, with former comptroller Bill Thompson coming in third.

The second showed all three in a virtual tie, with Quinn winning 19 percent of the vote, and Weiner and Thompson taking 17 and 16 percent, respectively.

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"Every pollster has a different view," said Bloomberg today. "I think one of them said the reason their polls were dramatically different ... is they ask people who are not decided, 'Who are you likely to vote for?'

"Some don't call people that have cell phones. Well, a lot of people don't have landlines anymore. Some only call people who are home on Tuesday nights. Tuesday nights is when they may be out doing something. I don't know. The only poll that matters will be taken beginning of September, maybe a few weeks later for a runoff, and then a final one in November. And then the rest are all just something to keep you busy."