Majority Of New York City Democrats Want Weiner Out Of Mayoral Race

Anthony Weiner Greets NYC Commuters Day After Announcing Mayoral Bid

More bad news for Anthony Weiner:

(CNN) – It’s time to drop out.

That’s the message to Anthony Weiner from a majority of New York City Democrats likely to vote in September’s mayoral primary, according to a new poll.

The Quinnipiac University survey, conducted entirely after Weiner admitted in a news conference last week to lewd chats a year after such sexting forced him to resign from Congress, also indicates that the Democratic New York City mayoral candidate’s support among likely voters has dropped significantly.

By a 53%-40% margin, Democrats say Weiner should end his bid for a political second chance. The poll was conducted Wednesday through Sunday, following Weiner’s Tuesday press conference. It’s the second straight poll conducted since the latest controversy exploded across New York City to indicate that Weiner’s numbers are plummeting.

According to the new poll, Weiner has dropped from first to fourth place in the race for the Democratic nomination. Weiner now has the support of 16% of likely Democratic primary voters, down 10 points from a Quinnipiac poll conducted almost entirely before last Tuesday’s news. In that survey Weiner was at 26%, on top of the field of candidates.

The new poll indicates New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at 27%, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio at 21%, and former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson at 20%, all ahead of Weiner. The remaining candidates are in single digits, with seven percent of likely voters undecided.

“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.

It certainly does.  Of course, few people thought there was anything rational about Weiner getting into the Mayoral race to begin with so it doesn’t really follow that poll numbers like this are going to to cause him change his mind. Before he entered this race, he was sitting on a pile of cash from his Congressional days that he was able to transfer over to the Mayoral campaign. That, plus the matching funds that he qualified for, likely means he has enough to stay in the race until the September primary even if he does end up fading even further into the rear of the pack.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. C. Clavin says:

    Quick show of hands…who has had enough Weiner?

  2. Moosebreath says:

    “Majority Of New York City Democrats Want Weiner To Pull Out Of Mayoral Race”

    I should charge for editing services.

  3. PJ says:

    Compare how Democrats in NYC reacted to this with how Republicans in South Carolina reacted to Sanford trespassing.

    Sanford’s numbers went up among South Carolina Republicans…

  4. Caj says:

    Weiner must go. He’s an embarrassment to the party. It’s not the Anthony Weiner Show! Someone should take him for coffee down in Brazil & take away his passport.

  5. Dave Schuler says:

    Well, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to vote for somebody other than Weiner in the Democratic primary to be held in a few weeks.

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  7. Tillman says:

    See, this is what happens when you have “weiner” in a headline.