Poll: New York City voters as discerning as you’d expect

posted at 8:41 am on July 16, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Looks like New York Magazine chose wisely for its latest cover art.  According to the latest polling in the city’s election later this year, the two sex-scandal-drenched candidates have moved into the lead in the Democratic primary:

With a little under two months until the Sept. 10 primary, the poll suggested that Mr. Weiner and Mr. Spitzer were benefiting from their high name recognition. It also found that the scandals that drove them from political office may not be weighing down their campaigns as much as some political experts had predicted.

In the mayoral race, Mr. Weiner, a former United States representative who resigned after exchanging sexually explicit messages with women he knew only online, captured 25 percent of the vote among registered Democrats. He was followed closely by Ms. Quinn, the City Council speaker, with 22 percent. The difference between Mr. Weiner and Ms. Quinn was not statistically significant, because it was within the poll’s margin of sampling error. …

The poll found Mr. Spitzer, the former New York governor who resigned after patronizing prostitutes, with the support of 48 percent of Democratic voters, compared with the 33 percent who supported Mr. Stringer, the Manhattan borough president. Women favored Mr. Spitzer over Mr. Stringer, as did black and Hispanic voters; white voters favored Mr. Stringer.

Over all, Mr. Spitzer’s last-minute entry into the race appears to have been well received: 58 percent of Democrats said he should run for comptroller, including 53 percent of women. Fifty-three percent of Democrats had a favorable view of him; 32 percent had an unfavorable view.

According to Quinnipiac, both men are ascending on strong support from black voters, but Weiner is competitive across the board, and Spitzer is cruising in all demographics.  Spitzer has a double-digit lead among women, too, and Weiner is in a virtual tie with Christine Quinn with female voters.  That’s not to say that there hasn’t been any impact from the scandals, though. While Weiner has a slight edge among Catholics and Jews (the only two religious demos noted), Spitzer trails in both, and by a wide margin among Catholics (31/55).

Basically, this is becoming a celebrity election.  The mayoralty went to Rudy Giuliani because of his efforts to clean up the city when fighting the Mob as a prosecutor, and then it went to Michael Bloomberg because of his money and his financial-sector contacts.  Now it’s going the way of afternoon confessional TV shows and tabloid magazines, although New York Magazine itself has some explaining to do, according to The New Republic.  Isaac Chotiner highlighted the four most embarrassing brown-nosing tidbits from NYMag’s profile of Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin:

1. “She approached in a knit white top and navy-blue business skirt, her dark, almost black hair down to her shoulders. She wore bright-red lipstick, which gave her lips a 3-D look, her brown eyes were pools of empathy evolved through a thousand generations of what was good and decent in the history of the human race.”

2. “Of course, you’d seen pictures before. But you’d also seen pictures of the Taj Mahal. It didn’t quite come up to actually being there.”

3. “Huma looked at Weiner with bemusement. It was quite possible that she was the most cosmopolitan human being on Earth.”

4. “The harsh, cheap buck lighting in the coffee shop couldn’t lay a glove on her. By the time she sat down, the harmony of angels had vanquished the tinny background music from every corporate space on the planet.”

You’ve read about sucking up before, but this is the Taj Mahal of sucking up.  At least NYMag gave us the cover picture of the month.


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She wore bright-red lipstick, which gave her lips a 3-D look,
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Ya know,ahem,the left had a riot,for about a week,over
lippy-stick,and SarahCuda!

Jus say’n!!

canopfor on July 16, 2013 at 8:44 AM

What’s the matter with New York?

FerdtheMoonCat on July 16, 2013 at 8:46 AM

So you can pretty much do anything but oppose abortion and remain viable in democratic circles?

trubble on July 16, 2013 at 8:46 AM

I don’t know why people are surprised by these two…

….what DOES surprise me is that the Lesbian running
can’t get any traction….

..maybe she could eat some Tacos in Times Square…

ToddPA on July 16, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Corrupt, banana republic representation for a corrupt, banana republic people.

MNHawk on July 16, 2013 at 8:47 AM

4. “The harsh, cheap buck lighting in the coffee shop couldn’t lay a glove on her. By the time she sat down, the harmony of angels had vanquished the tinny background music from every corporate space on the planet.”
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I’m speechless and aghast!
(sarc)

canopfor on July 16, 2013 at 8:47 AM

The biggest city is the biggest joke. Even the people in fly-over country mock NYC and rightfully so. Who needs terrorists to destroy NYC when New Yorkers want to do it themselves.

Flange on July 16, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Pretty much says it all about the Democrat party and those true blue New Yorkers.

JimK on July 16, 2013 at 8:49 AM

It was quite possible that she was the most cosmopolitan human being on Earth.

Lowfos pay big money to read column inch after column inch of that crap, don’t they?

MNHawk on July 16, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde and Mr. Hyde?

Cleombrotus on July 16, 2013 at 8:52 AM

By the time she sat down, the harmony of angels had vanquished the tinny background music from every corporate space on the planet.”

What kind of “man” writes like this?

MNHawk on July 16, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Rachel Jeantel……surely qualifed for political office.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/07/15/jeantel_the_jury_they_old_thats_old_school_people_we_in_a_new_school_our_generation.html

RACHEL JEANTEL, FRIEND OF TRAYVON: Well, the jury, they see their facts. My thoughts of the jury, they old, that’s old school people. We in a new school, our generation, my generation. So –

PIERS MORGAN: Let’s talk about ‘creepy ass cracka.’ People have said that that is a phrase used by black people, cracka, to describe a white person. Is that true?

JEANTEL: No! Like I said –

MORGAN: How do you spell it, first of all?

JEANTEL: Cracka.

MORGAN: There’s no ‘e-r,’ right?

JEANTEL: No, it’s an ‘a’ at the end.

MORGAN: C-r-a-c-k-a.

JEANTEL: Yeah. And that’s a person who act like they’re a police [officer], who, like a security guard who acting like — that’s what I said to them. Trayvon said creepy ass cracka.

MORGAN: It means he thought it was a police or a security guard?

JEANTEL: Yeah, he acting like the police. And then he keep telling me that the man is still watching him. So, if it was a security guard or a policeman, they would come up to Trayvon and say, ‘Do you have a problem? Do you need help?’ You know, like normal people.

Do she make as much senses as a pola-tish-an?

JEANTEL 2016!

PappyD61 on July 16, 2013 at 8:54 AM

She wore bright-red lipstick, which gave her lips a 3-D look, her brown eyes were pools of empathy evolved through a thousand generations of what was good and decent in the history of the human race.”

Their stupidity knows no boundary.

Flange on July 16, 2013 at 8:56 AM

I like the Drudge comment that they’ve thrust themselves into the lead. Are NYC voters really this stupid? You’d think the feminazis would be up-in-arms over these choices but apparently being a Demonrat gives you a pass when it comes to the appropriateness of sending pictures of your private parts to underage girls or exploiting women for sex.

Happy Nomad on July 16, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Huma looked at Weiner

… and squinted her eyes

faraway on July 16, 2013 at 8:58 AM

JEANTEL 2016!

PappyD61 on July 16, 2013 at 8:54 AM

I’m waiting for the announcement from MSNBC that they’re launching a new talk show to go up against The (liberal) View with Jeantel and Meghan McCain as hosts.

Happy Nomad on July 16, 2013 at 8:59 AM

I’m embarrassed by my state, and more than usual. After Weiner wins–and he will–talk will start of him succeeding Cuomo one day to the governor’s mansion. And knowing my state, he’s got a better than even chance of winning that too.

Will I still live in this embarrassing state at that point? God help me, I hope not.

Pope Linus on July 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM

her brown eyes were pools of empathy evolved through a thousand generations of what was good and decent in the history of the human race.”

O_o

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Now THAT is some world-class butt kissing, jeebus these people are full of themselves.

Bishop on July 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Are NYC voters really this stupid?

Do you really need to ask? Of course we are!

Pope Linus on July 16, 2013 at 9:01 AM

waiting for the announcement from MSNBC that they’re launching a new talk show to go up against The (liberal) View with Jeantel and Meghan McCain as hosts.

Happy Nomad on July 16, 2013 at 8:59 AM

I’d like to see her matched up with Alvin Greene.

Flange on July 16, 2013 at 9:02 AM

She wore bright-red lipstick, which gave her lips a 3-D look, her brown eyes were pools of empathy evolved through a thousand generations of what was good and decent in the history of the human race.

A former Hillary aide, they’re openly trying to make her into the next Hillary, a scorned wife full of dignity, etc. etc. Just wait: talk of Huma running for office will pick up quickly. It has to at this point.

Pope Linus on July 16, 2013 at 9:03 AM

O_o

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Now THAT is some world-class butt kissing, jeebus these people are full of themselves.

Bishop on July 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Bishop:Yup,a h*lluva contrast between Lefty and Righty Spouses.
written,by Utopian ProgTards,I bet!:)

canopfor on July 16, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Come out to Minnesota, all you New Yorkers, we would never elect someone as embarrassing as these two clowns.

“What about Franken?”

Ok forget I said anything.

Bishop on July 16, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Ugh, had to adblock that mag cover. In Jeantelspeak: to creepyazz crackas

itsacookbook on July 16, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Republicans have a good candidate for Mayor in former Deputy Mayor/ MTA Chairman Joe Lhota. So we’ll see how that goes.

Although I can understand the problems of the Democrats. The rest of their candidates are weak. Christine Quinn has her character flaws, and she helped Bloomberg get a third term. John Liu is perpetually under investigation. Bill Thompson’s support is limited to African-Americans. And Scott Stringer, the frontrunner for Comptroller prior to Spitzer’s entry, is a generic political hack.

Mister Mets on July 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM

A Compulsive Exhibitionist & A Compulsive Philanderer are the Top Poll Dancers in NYC Government Race…

Hide your kids…hide your wife…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEAKsaQOCpQ&list=TLdMGYbCoErC8

workingclass artist on July 16, 2013 at 9:19 AM

The mayoralty went to Rudy Giuliani because of his efforts to clean up the city when fighting the Mob as a prosecutor, and then it went to Michael Bloomberg because of his money and his financial-sector contacts.

Yes … and no. Voters went with Bloomberg over Ralph Nader protege Mark Green in 2001 because of Bloomberg’s cash flow, but mainly because in the wake of 9/11 they didn’t want a mayor who they believed on public safety would take the city back to the pre-Giuliani days because of his open attacks on the NYPD in the wake of the Dialou and Louima incidents. And Bloomberg got re-elected twice because for all his nanny-state liberalism, he never did gut the Giuliani-Bill Bratton reforms.

In part, that’s what’s helping Weiner here. He’s perverted, but moderate liberal Democratic voters — the same ones in NYC who secretly think, but don’t dare say, they agreed with the George Zimmerman verdict — believe the other Dem mayoral candidates are more likely to trash the NYPD reforms. So in part it’s the Dems’ defining deviancy down standard for their candidates, but it’s also the unspoken idea of “Which candidate is least likely to get me killed?”

If they were being totally honest with themselves, the answer would be Republican Joe Lhota, but after not electing the Democrat as mayor for 20 years, I don’t see that happening in November. So Weiner gets the votes there, while Spitzer wins his race solely on name recognition, because big-spending New Yorkers don’t know or care what the comptroller does. The fun part is Weiner and Spitzer have such massive egos and autocratic attitudes, they’ll never get along with each other, unless they have a Republican in Albany or Washington to jointly target. With Cuomo as governor and Obama in the White House, 2014-15 is going to be hilarious … as long as you don’t live in the city and need a functioning government.

jon1979 on July 16, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Start spreading the news
I am leaving today
I cant be a part of it
New York, New York

faraway on July 16, 2013 at 9:24 AM

This is all good for the fine folks of NYC…

I’m sure the Pugnacious Pervert from Brooklyn, and Client No.9
are running because of their concerns for the….

CHILDREN!

ToddPA on July 16, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Although I can understand the problems of the Democrats. The rest of their candidates are weak. Christine Quinn has her character flaws, and she helped Bloomberg get a third term. John Liu is perpetually under investigation. Bill Thompson’s support is limited to African-Americans. And Scott Stringer, the frontrunner for Comptroller prior to Spitzer’s entry, is a generic political hack.

Mister Mets on July 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Hey, aren’t you forgetting the Dem’s star candidate??

Alec Baldwin! Wait! Why isn’t he running??

ToddPA on July 16, 2013 at 9:28 AM

If this is the best NYC can do, it deserves to descend into the crapper…

dpduq on July 16, 2013 at 9:39 AM

I’m not even surprised by this kind of thing anymore.
People today have no class, no shame, and no pride.

DRayRaven on July 16, 2013 at 9:42 AM

So I guess all you red state welfare queens will stop taking the federal tax dollars we send your way?

I thought so.

So as we say here in NY.. STFU.

inklake on July 16, 2013 at 9:46 AM

I really glad I live in the South.

Big Orange on July 16, 2013 at 9:48 AM

There has been talk over the years about splitting NY state into two states — NYC, Westchester County and all of Long Island as one state and the rest of us as Western New York. What a grand idea. We can start fracking and we won’t have to send our tax money to NYC to support its mass transit and rent control.

IdrilofGondolin on July 16, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Low-Info is as Low-Info does

kirkill on July 16, 2013 at 9:55 AM

So I guess all you red state welfare queens will stop taking the federal tax dollars we send your way?

I thought so.

So as we say here in NY.. STFU.

inklake on July 16, 2013 at 9:46 AM

So I guess all you Loudmouthed NYC azzwipes will take back your
mountain of Fu*king trash we take off your hands into OUR
landfills, and shove it up your azzes, Right??

ToddPA on July 16, 2013 at 9:57 AM

inklake on July 16, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Of course you Low-Info NY people have it completely back-a$$-ward. We’re out here working and sending our $ to the welfare state that keeps all those other Low-Info voters fed so they can pull the levers for these cretins.

kirkill on July 16, 2013 at 9:58 AM

…welfare queens

inklake on July 16, 2013 at 9:46 AM

And you are a homophobe too boot! Got any more hypocrisy to throw out there? If not then STFU!

kirkill on July 16, 2013 at 10:00 AM

New Yorkers are going the extra mile to make Californians appear sane.

antipc on July 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM

At least we don’t need to elect a nanny to take care of us like little New Yorkers do.

Flange on July 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM

At least we don’t need to elect a nanny to take care of us like little New Yorkers do.

Flange on July 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Naw, we don’t get to elect a nanny, they’re appointed for us.

antipc on July 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Naw, we don’t get to elect a nanny, they’re appointed for us.

antipc on July 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM

But New York wants to be treated that way. They willingly vote for it. We may get saddled with the nannies, but not by choice.

Flange on July 16, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Start spreading the news
I am leaving today
I cant be a part of it
New York, New York

faraway on July 16, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Heh!!

And spot on!!

Bitter Clinger on July 16, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Hey NY, you elected Bloomberg. Now you get these two, you own it now.

jake49 on July 16, 2013 at 10:52 AM

So I guess all you red state welfare queens will stop taking the federal tax dollars we send your way?

I thought so.

So as we say here in NY.. STFU.

inklake on July 16, 2013 at 9:46 AM

GFY tard. It’s not you libtards that are sending federal tax dollars anywhere…queenie. It’s those evil 1% folks you were demonizing that provides the feds with tax dollars..not the typical welfare queen New Yankers that make up the democrat party.

And by the way, California gets 1/3 of ALL of the Federal $ for welfare. 90% of which goes to the democrat base.

The vast majority of fed $ going to the states is in the form of Medicare and Social Security. Programs that receipients have paid into all of their lives. Guess what states have a lot of retired folks that collect medicare and SS? Oh yeah, the red ones.

The rest of the fed $ that goes out is in the form of medicaid..which per capita is more likely to go to a obama voter regardless of which state they live in.

So take your own advice and STFU or continue to look like the ignorant libtard you are.

HumpBot Salvation on July 16, 2013 at 10:56 AM

I just thought for kicks and grins that I’d go to the NYT comments section recently on an article about amnesty. Just as I thought these NYers are INSANE! I’m not at all surprised that they would go for Spitzer or Weiner. What a bunch of sad sack liberal idiots live in that town. This is what comes from living in an echo chamber. Heck even here in Texas we have Austin and Dallas libbies to give the other sides argument. What do you have in NYC? If anyone dared to have a conservative opinion in that town they would be ridiculed or worse (ask the folks in Staten Island about how Repubs get treated). The old saw about “you get the government you deserve” applies here. Way to go NY, keep it stupid. Ask the Detroit folks how thats working out for them.

neyney on July 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM

So, this is shaping up to be a contest to see who’s better at publicly groveling and apologizing for their past transgressions? Interesting that that’s how New Yorkers pick their civic leaders. Why don’t they just elect Oprah and get it over with?

Socratease on July 16, 2013 at 12:03 PM

please let NYC elect these two rejects, the jokes will never end!!

burserker on July 16, 2013 at 2:57 PM