Poll: Out NYC Council Speaker Quinn leads mayoral race

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New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. - PHOTO: wikipedia

Out New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is leading in a new poll of potential Democratic candidates for mayor in 2013.

The Marist poll shows that 32 percent of Democratic voters support Quinn while former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson comes in a distant second with 12 percent.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio receives 10 percent of the Democratic vote while current Comptroller John Liu has the support of 9 percent. Seven percent of Democrats back Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer while Manhattan Media publisher Tom Allon has the backing of 1 percent. Another 29 percent are undecided.

In September 2011, the poll showed Quinn with 22 percent of the vote and Thompson with 18 percent.

The new Marist Poll also asked voters how New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be remembered after his final term. About 39 percent said he will be remembered positively and 10 percent said the Republican is among the city’s finest mayors.

A majority of voters also said the city is moving in the right direction.

“This is a turnabout in voters’ views of how the city is doing,” said Lee M. Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “We’ll have to wait and see if it’s a sign of positive things to come.”

Quinn, a longtime advocate of LGBT equality, has yet to formally announce her candidacy. But she is the presumptive frontrunner, having raised more than $5 million.

On May 19, Quinn is set to marry girlfriend Kim M. Catullo.

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