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Weiner's Support Drops in New Poll

Weiner's Support Drops in New Poll

By Scott Conroy - July 25, 2013

New York City Democrats may have been willing to give Anthony Weiner a second chance, but they appear to be less likely to offer him a third.

According to a WSJ/NBC-4/Marist poll released on Thursday, Weiner has fallen to third place among likely voters in the crowded Democratic primary to succeed Michael Bloomberg as mayor.

In the poll, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn led with 25 percent of the vote, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio came in second at 17 percent, and Weiner slipped to third place at 16 percent, edging out former Comptroller Bill Thompson, who earned the support of 15 percent of likely voters.

The poll was conducted a day after Weiner admitted that he continued to engage in sending sexually explicit messages over the Internet, even after resigning from Congress in 2011. The survey provides the first statistical evidence of the extent of the damage to his campaign that the new revelations have caused.

In the previous WSJ/NBC-4/Marist poll released late last month, Weiner led the field with 25 percent of the vote to Quinn’s 21 percent.

Perhaps even more concerning for Weiner’s hopes, his unfavorable rating in the new poll soared to 55 percent. In the previous Marist poll, his unfavorable rating was 36 percent.

Weiner has vowed to continue in the race despite a growing chorus of condemnation from fellow Democrats and calls for him to exit the race from major media outlets.

In a press conference on Thursday morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was asked for her reaction to the scandals involving Weiner and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who has been accused of sexual harassment by three women.

“It is so disrespectful of women,” Pelosi said. “And what’s really stunning about it is that they don’t even realize it. They don’t even have a clue. If they are clueless, get a clue. If they need therapy, get it in private.” 

Scott Conroy is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at sconroy@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearScott.

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