According to a new Siena College poll released last week, 80 percent of voters view Anthony Weiner in an unfavorable light, including three-quarters of Democrats and New York City voters. Folks, that is the lowest favorability rating ever in the history of a Siena College poll.
Weiner just edged out former governor – and now city comptroller candidate – Eliot Spitzer’s favorability rating among voters in the days following his resignation after being outed as a client of a high-priced prostitution service. Back then, Spitzer was viewed unfavorably by 79 percent of the voters.
But wait, you might say, that means that 20 percent of voters view Weiner in a positive light, and couldn’t that just be enough to force his way into a runoff in the crowded Democratic field? Well, the numbers are a little more nuanced than that.
According to the poll, only 11 percent view Weiner favorably, while 9 percent are undecided. That said, Weiner has a little under one month left to either win those undecided voters over or alienate them completely.
By the way, Spitzer has rebounded a little bit in the favorability department. In the latest poll, he is only viewed unfavorably by 59 percent of the voters. Congratulations Eliot!
As for having two former elected officials who were forced to resign from office amid sex scandals of two different sorts now running for citywide office, two-thirds say the national attention being paid to the two candidates is embarrassing.
We think those voters shouldn’t be so concerned about what other people think! And by the way, it’s not just national attention, it’s international attention.
Speaking of Weiner, he stopped by the Queens Ledger/Brooklyn Star offices the other day, and we here at the Pol Position desk were actually allowed to sit in on the meeting as long as we promised to keep it all strictly off the record.
But we have to share one comment Weiner made about the decline of big media companies as it keeps getting harder and harder to stay in the black with all of the free information out there, and how it pertains to community newspapers.
Weiner said the community newspapers will always be around, that we’re like the “cockroaches of the media world.” Thanks!