Tuesday, September 17, 2013

De Blasio Begins Gen. Election w/ 65-22 Lead Over His Republican Challenger

Bill De Blasio Begins The General Election With A Gigantic Lead Over His Republican Challenger

In a 43 point lead, New York City public advocate Bill de Blasio's leading former MTA chair and Rudy Giuliani deputy mayor Joe Lhota, in the race for the mayoralty, 65-22.
A new Wall Street Journal/NBC New York/Marist poll showed Lhota's steep climb ahead. Brett LoGiurato in Business Insider opined that
Indeed, the poll contains a number of troubling signs for Lhota. Only 13% of likely Democratic voters support Lhota in a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 6-to-1 margin. Moreover, Lhota loses 22% of Republicans. De Blasio also leads by 26 points among unaffiliated voters. Perhaps the biggest problem for Lhota is that a majority of the electorate views him unfavorably. Only 29% have a favorable view of Lhota, compared with 41% who view him unfavorably. About two-thirds of voters, on the other hand, have a favorable impression of de Blasio, compared with only 19% who view him unfavorably.
And de Blasio reminds us that de Blasio won every major demographic group. If you have any doubts as to de Blasio's wide popularity, see the interactive map at the New York Times' site, which highlights (ethnic, income) demographic data against election district maps. The sting of the chasm of the super-haves and everyone else captured New Yorkers, as de Blasio won broadly. Note that it was mainly in the cushy neighbs that city council speaker Christine Quinn did well: Upper East Side; pockets of Midtown; Riverdale; Forest Hills Gardens; Douglaston.