New poll: Weiner lags behind Quinn in mayor’s race

Anthony Weiner has not, in fact, surged into the lead in the New York mayor's race, according to a new poll from Siena College and the New York Times.

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is in the middle of a P.R. crisis, after an incriminating photo was sent out over his Twitter account. (Lucian Perkins/TWP - STAFF) Anthony Weiner (Lucian Perkins/TWP - STAFF)

In fact, the new poll paints a significantly worse picture for Weiner than other recent polls. It shows him trailing City Council Speaker Christine Quinn by 27 percent to 18 percent in the Democratic primary.

Perhaps even worse for Weiner, though, it shows his unfavorable rating among Democrats (36 percent) is significantly higher than his favorable rating (24 percent).

Quinn, who has had some tough press of her own, is viewed favorably by 29 percent of Democrats and unfavorably by 27 percent.

A Quinnipiac poll earlier this week showed Weiner edging Quinn 25 percent to 22 percent, within the margin of error, and Marist College polling has also shown Weiner gaining in recent weeks.

Most illustrative in the Quinnipiac poll, though, was the fact that his personal image numbers were pretty much identical to Quinn's. The Siena poll suggests that's not quite the case.

The poll also shows Eliot Spitzer begins his comeback attempt in the city's comptroller race on slightly better terms than Weiner. He's rated favorably by 30 percent of Democrats and unfavorably by 33 percent.

A strong majority of Democrats -- 58 percent -- say he deserves another chances after resigning amidst a prostitution scandal.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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Aaron Blake · July 18, 2013