A new survey shows Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams once again emerging as the favorite of likely Democratic voters for the June 22 primary, followed closely by entrepreneur Andrew Yang ahead of the race’s first televised debate Thursday night.
Adams was the favorite among 19 percent of respondents, while Yang was at 16 percent with a 2.6 percent margin-of-error. None of the remaining six leading contenders received over 10 percent.
The contest that will likely decide the next mayor in the largely left-leaning metropolis is still up for grabs with over one and five voters undecided.
“The race for mayor remains a jump ball right now, with a full 22 percent of the NYC Democrats likely to vote next month still not having made up their minds about their first choice,” said Serena Torrey Roosevelt, whose firm Change Research self-funded the questionnaire.
Roosevelt’s group polled over 1,400 likely Democratic primary voters through social media and text message from May 6 through 12.
City comptroller Scott Stringer was the first pick of 9 percent of respondents. Four contenders– civil rights attorney Maya Wiley, former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, ex-Citigroup executive Ray McGuire and Obama’s housing secretary Shaun Donovan– all tied for fourth place at 7 percent. Nonprofit leader Dianne Morales brought up the rear with 5 percent.
Garcia, however, got a big boost from 4 percent to 11 percent after The New York Times endorsed her candidacy.
The field is gearing up for its first televised debate on Spectrum News NY1 Thursday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A rep for Garcia said her candidate was ready for the virtual showdown.
“I wish I could tell you she’s listening to ‘Eye of the Tiger’ on repeat, but no, she’s just going about her business, feeling confident,” Garcia spokeswoman Annika Reno told The Post.
Yang’s backers projected a similar sense of cool, saying the onetime presidential contender would be enjoying a day at home with his kids ahead of the debate.
Adams’ spokesman said the Brooklyn borough president was just “getting ready to get his personal story and ideas out there.”
Adams has the most loyal supporters, according to the Change Research poll, 50 percent said there’s no chance they’d change their mind and pick one of his competitors — a higher number than everyone else on the ballot. His likely voters cited Adams’ political experience and law enforcement background as the reason for choosing him.
Yang’s backers liked his ideas and were most familiar with his name.
Adams, who is black, had the strongest support from black voters and Yang, who is Asian American, had the most support from Asian Americans. But Yang enjoyed the broadest support across all demographic groups by age, race, and gender.
The primary will be the first citywide election to use the new ranked-choice voting system. That means New Yorkers will be able to select their preference of up to five candidates running for mayor and other offices — and the ballots will be tallied by first, second, third, fourth and fifth choice, eliminating the need for runoff elections.
The Change Research poll had Adams leading Yang both in first-choice votes and in a ranked-choice mockup.