A second poll this week confirms that disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., would start this September's Democratic primary for New York City mayor in second place, but Weiner would begin the race with higher negatives than his potential opponents.
The new Quinnipiac University poll shows City Council Speaker Christine Quinn continuing to lead the pack, but at 28 percent she is falling farther away from the 40-percent mark needed to avoid a runoff in the primary. Weiner is at 15 percent, with a slight lead over Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (11 percent), former Comptroller Bill Thompson (10 percent) and Comptroller John Liu (9 percent).
The Big Apple's Democratic voters are split on Weiner: 38 percent view him favorably, and 34 percent view him unfavorably. Interestingly, 26 percent of Democrats say they haven't heard enough about him to form an opinion. Quinn is viewed unfavorably by 19 percent of Democrats, the embattled Liu by 18 percent, de Blasio by 7 percent and Thompson, the party's nominee in 2009, by 6 percent.
Asked if Weiner should run for mayor, 45 percent of Democrats think he should, and 40 percent think he should not. Weiner runs slightly better among men in the primary matchup (20 percent) than women (12 percent).
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted April 15-18, surveying 740 registered Democrats. The margin of error is plus-or-minus 3.6 percentage points.
The poll tracks closely with a Marist College poll, conducted a few days earlier for WNBC-TV, which also showed Weiner at 15 percent in a primary.
Weiner, who resigned from Congress in 2011 following revelations that he traded intimate photos, emails and texts with women, is considering running for Gracie Mansion this year. He lost in a Democratic mayoral primary in 2005 and is still sitting on around $4.3 million in campaign funds, even though he hasn't raised money since the scandal.