The release of the sexually-charged conversations Anthony Weiner had with 23-year-old Sydney Leathers have crippled the New York City mayoral candidate’s stance in the race, according to a recent poll conducted by NBC 4 New York, The Wall Street Journal and the Marist Institute for Public Opinion.
Weiner was the most popular candidate before the scandal went public, but after the most recent controversy has surfaced, he trails behind City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who now has the support 25% of Democratic primary voters compared to Weiner’s 16%.
This is the first poll since Weiner confirmed Tuesday that he had in fact engaged in many sexual conversations via phone and the internet with a woman who isn’t his wife.
Last month, the same poll had Weiner ahead of Quinn by 5 points.
“For many Democrats, the latest revelations about Anthony Weiner are more of the same, only more so,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “Weiner has lost his lead, and his negatives are at an all-time high.”
Weiner said earlier this week that he would not quit the race even though, according to USA Today, he has received calls from two of New York’s biggest newspapers to do so.
He told the Associated Press on Thursday that he is “working with people” to get help for sexting and that he does not believe he is truly addicted to sex.
The poll had public advocate Bill de Blasio and former NYC comptroller William Thompson tied at 14%. 19% of Democratic voters reported to be undecided.
USA Today asserts that the poll displayed a “dramatic” shift in Weiner’s overall popularity and approval ratings as well. More than half of Democratic voters (55%) reported to have an unfavorable opinion of Weiner while just 30% currently view him in a favorable light.
15% were indifferent as to their opinions on Weiner.
Wiener’s favorable rating was at 52% last month.
“New York City Democrats were willing to give Anthony Weiner a second chance but are reluctant to excuse his behavior now,” Miringoff said.
The last section of the poll asked Democratic voters if Weiner’s support by his forgiving wife makes any difference to how much they trust him.
The results found that Huma Abedin’s support makes little if any difference in bolstering Weiner’s favorable rating. 73% said her support has no effect, while only 15% said her support makes them more likely to trust the candidate.
This poll was taken Wednesday and surveyed 551 Democrats.
Party primaries will take place on September 10. If no candidate attains over 40% of the vote, there will be an additional vote for the two candidates with the most votes on October 1.
Via: USA Today, Photo Courtesy: WENN