Poll: Anthony Weiner Now in Fourth Place, So You Can Stop Worrying About Him

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
July 29 2013 4:20 PM

Poll: Anthony Weiner Now in Fourth Place, So You Can Stop Worrying About Him

174489992
Back to where he started three months ago.

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The new Quinnipiac poll in New York confirms that Carlos Danger has dealt a mortal blow to Anthony Weiner's mayoral bid. After weeks of slugging his way into around 25 percent support—not quite a "front-runner," but a solid bet for a runoff berth—Weiner has collapsed to 16 percent. Back in the spring, when "ha ha, an Anthony Weiner comeback" was a slow-news-day story, Weiner was at 15 percent. He's lost all the ground he gained since he jumped into the race.

If you don't want to read the poll, or if your interest in a municipal mayoral election peaked long ago, here are the highlights.

Advertisement

- Voters were asked, "How much would you say the phrase 'has a strong personal moral character' describes Anthony Weiner? Does it describe him a great deal, a good amount, somewhat, not so much or not at all?" Fourteen percent said "a great deal" or "a good amount." Fourteen percent.

- Weiner's complete collapse is dark news for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who would be the historic first female mayor of the city if she weren't the most right-leaning candidate in the primary. In a runoff with Weiner, she's up better than 2-1. In a runoff with Bill Thompson, she's down by 10. And that includes her keeping 33 percent support with black voters, which against a black candidate seems completely unlikely.

- Bill de Blasio, the city's public advocate and the most credible lefty in the race, now polls at 21 percent. He reminds me of Rick Santorum in Iowa in 2012. Oh, not his politics! I mean that Santorum, by general agreement, was the candidate most in sync with caucus-goers, but most caucus-goers wrote him off as a spoiler. Only when late, post-Gingrich-collapse polls showed Santorum surging did his natural electorate find him—he quickly rose from fifth place to a narrow first. If de Blasio convinces white liberals that he can win, he can make the runoff.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

TODAY IN SLATE

Doublex

Crying Rape

False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B

How Will You Carry Around Your Huge New iPhone? Apple Pants!

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Television

The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

Lifetime Didn’t Find the Steubenville Rape Case Dramatic Enough. So They Added a Little Self-Immolation.

No, New York Times, Shonda Rhimes Is Not an “Angry Black Woman” 

Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 1:39 PM Shonda Rhimes Is Not an “Angry Black Woman,” New York Times. Neither Are Her Characters.
Behold
Sept. 19 2014 1:11 PM An Up-Close Look at the U.S.–Mexico Border
  News & Politics
Politics
Sept. 19 2014 6:22 PM Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 19 2014 6:35 PM Pabst Blue Ribbon is Being Sold to the Russians, Was So Over Anyway
  Life
Inside Higher Ed
Sept. 19 2014 1:34 PM Empty Seats, Fewer Donors? College football isn’t attracting the audience it used to.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 4:48 PM You Should Be Listening to Sbtrkt
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 19 2014 5:09 PM Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?   A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.