Eric Adams firm leader of the pack in NYC mayor’s race, new poll shows

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is in the lead in the crowded Democratic primary for mayor, with a seven-point edge over former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, according to a new poll released Monday.

Adams garnered backing from 24 percent of the 800 likely Democratic voters, followed by 17 percent for Garcia, the NBC/Politico poll conducted by Marist College found.

Former City Hall legal counsel Maya Wiley was third with 15 percent support while entrepreneur Andrew Yang, once a front-runner, slid to fourth with 13 percent.

It was the first survey in which Yang had dropped beyond third place.

No other candidate cleared 10 percent. City Comptroller Scott Stringer — whose campaign was rocked by two sexual misconduct accusations — captured just 7 percent support.

And the number of undecided voters is shrinking, down to 13 percent in the poll.

Since no candidate cleared 50 percent of the vote, the winner of the primary would be selected by the new ranked-choice voting system, where voters can rank candidates one through five. Through a process of elimination, voters’ next choices are transferred to the remaining top candidates.

A new NBC/Politico poll conducted by Marist College put Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in the lead.
Marist College
Marist College

Marist crunched the numbers and found that Adams and Garcia would be the last two candidates standing — with Adams beating her 56 percent to 44 percent.

“This is a very fluid race because of the statistical uncertainty of ranked-choice voting,” said Marist College polling director Lee Miringoff.

He also said the number of undecided voters adds to the uncertainty.

“Undecided voters could make a big difference if they break one way,” Miringoff said.

The Marist survey is just the latest to show that Adams is the front-runner.

A PIX/Emerson College poll released last week had Adams leading Wiley by six points.

The poll also spelled trouble for Yang. Based on high name recognition, Yang had led in early polls but recent surveys suggested he’s fading.

The NBC/Politico poll shows how the candidates fare with likely voters in a late round of ranked-choice voting.

“Yang has been on a descent. He was way up there but he has not been able to sustain that support,” Miringoff said.

Metro | New York Post

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