This is from PIX 11:
NEW YORK CITY — Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has taken a narrow lead in a brand-new PIX11, NewsNation, Emerson College poll on the New York City mayor’s race that also shows Comptroller Scott Stringer surging and respondents overwhelmingly not in favor of defunding the NYPD.
Adams got 17.5% of the first-choice votes, followed by entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who received 15.4%, and Stringer at 15.1%.
Rounding out the top five are former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia at 7.8%, fresh off an endorsement by the New York Times, and non-profit executive Dianne Morales at 5.5%.
The poll found that using the city’s new ranked choice voting system, the contest could likely come down to Adams, Yang, Stringer, Garcia and former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. Only after Stringer, Garcia and Donovan would be eliminated did the poll of more than 1,000 New Yorkers narrowly declare a winner — with Adams finishing with 53% and Yang earning 47%.
The poll was also encouraging for Stringer, who was rocked by allegations of sexual harassment by Jean Kim a few weeks ago. Stringer lost key endorsements but has steadfastly denied the allegation.
PIX11, NewsNation and Emerson College found voters believe Stringer.
Nearly 28% of voters said the allegations against him are not credible; 26.5% of voters were unsure, and 18% said they found the allegations credible. More than a quarter of respondents had not heard about the allegation.
“I want to move to talking about the issues,” Stringer said upon learning the poll numbers. “New Yorkers know me, they know my record and it’s not about any political endorsements. It’s actually about the will of the people.”
For a full look at the poll results, go to this Emerson College piece.
23% of the voters in the poll still say they are undecided so obviously, the late breakers will decide this. The margin of error is +/- 3.8% for mayor so Stringer is within the margin of error and has a real chance according to this poll. Yes, I know it's one poll but he has come from behind in past elections to win and this is post sexual assault allegations that caused many prominent endorsers to abandon him. The UFT-AFT are sticking with Stringer; they are pretty much betting the farm on him. UFT's endorsement of Stringer looks a little better now and seeing pro-charter Yang and Adams not take commanding leads is hopeful.
I have mixed feelings about Stringer but he looks like the most viable candidate of the center-left so he will more than likely be one of my choices and probably the top one.
Cuomo's approval is down to 45% in the poll and most voters support the NYPD.
As for the schools, the majority in the poll still gives the NYC schools passing grades in the pandemic with 6% giving schools an A, 20% saying B, 37% giving a C, 21% dishing out a D grade, and 17% saying F. Considering what the schools have been through, it is remarkable that 53% still give average or above-average grades to the schools while 38% go below average or failing. These numbers aren't great but are better than a total disaster.
For those who missed the Democratic Primary mayoral debate last week, Politico has a good summary. A fascinating subject that came up was mandatory vaccinations for students and staff being needed to attend school:
On the subject of school reopening, every candidate other than Adams, McGuire and Wiley said they would eventually require students to be vaccinated before returning to classrooms. None supported mandating the same of teachers.
I wonder if their positions on mandatory vaccines for teachers changes after one of them wins the election.
On why I won't go near Adams or Yang:
Stringer, who’s been reeling from an accusation of sexual misconduct, pointed to PACs funded by fat cats Kenneth Griffin and Dan Loeb that have helped Adams and Yang.
“They want to protect the interests of the wealthy and privatize public education,” Stringer said of the donors.