New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio led with 39 percent support in a poll of those likely to vote in today’s New York City mayoral primary election. That’s just below the 40-percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff with the second-place finisher.
De Blasio is one of seven candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor. The survey by Quinnipiac University showed him with a 14-point lead over former city Comptroller William Thompson, the unsuccessful Democratic mayoral nominee four years ago. Thompson had 25 percent in the poll.
“Will de Blasio avoid a runoff or will we have a Battle of the Bills?” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac Polling Institute in Hamden, Connecticut. “Flip a coin.”
A large pool of voters could help de Blasio get to 40 percent. Eight percent said they were undecided and 18 percent said they could change their minds.
The poll of 782 likely voters was taken Sept. 6-8 and had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.