Bill de Blasio takes astounding 50-point lead over Joe Lhota in latest mayoral poll

Posted at 8:33 AM, Oct 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-03 11:43:07-04

In the latest Quinnipiac University poll, Democrat Bill de Blasio has a commanding 50-point lead over Republican opponent Joe Lhota in the race for New York City Mayor.

Released Thursday, the poll has de Blasio leading Lhota with a landslide 71% of likely voters. Lhota has just 21% in the poll.

Independent candidate Adolfo Carrion is carrying 2% of the vote. Only 5% of voters polled remain undecided.

“These numbers say Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s kids can start arguing over who gets the best bedroom in Gracie Mansion,” Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said.

This latest poll comes on the heels of the newest Lhota campaign ad, where the trailing candidate highlights the similarities between him and de Blasio. The only major differences the ad points out? “De Blasio wants to raise taxes and supports reckless government spending. Lhota wants to cut wasteful government spending, putting more money back in your pocket.” The Quinnipiac poll shows that 35% of voters believe taxes will go up if de Blasio is elected, while 37% believe they’ll increase if Lhota is elected.

Many believe the ad is an attempt to appeal to democratic voters.