NEW YORK (AP) — Former Rep. Anthony Weiner would get 15 percent of the vote in a Democratic primary for the New York City mayoral race, according to a poll released Friday.
That puts Weiner in second place behind City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, whose support among Democratic voters is 28 percent, according to the Quinnipiac University poll.
But 41 percent of all city voters view Weiner negatively compared with 33 percent who view him positively and 23 percent who don’t know enough to have an opinion.
Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 over inappropriate tweets and other communication with several women.
He said in a New York Times Magazine piece last week that he was weighing getting into the race to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said Weiner “jumps into the mix at 15 percent” because of high name recognition. “With his negatives, however, the question is whether he can get much higher,” Carroll said.
If Weiner does enter the race, he could hurt Quinn’s chances of getting the 40 percent of the primary vote she would need to avoid a runoff, Carroll said.
All of the likely Democratic candidates would win a general election matchup against Republican Joe Lhota, the former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, according to the poll.
Besides Quinn and Weiner, they include City Comptroller John Liu, former city comptroller Bill Thompson and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
Quinnipiac surveyed 1,161 New York City voters from April 15 to April 18. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.
The survey includes 740 Democrats with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.
(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)