Two polls this week show a shifting lead in the race to be the next mayor of New York City, with former Sanitation Department Commissioner
and Brooklyn Borough President
The polls, released Tuesday and early Wednesday morning, show a shift at the top of the race for the first time, less than a month before the June 22 primary.
A poll of 570 likely Democratic voters conducted by Emerson College and PIX11 News found 21% had selected Ms. Garcia as their top choice. A poll by lobbying firm Fontas Advisors and Core Decision Analytics showed Mr. Adams leading, with 13%.
In the Emerson College poll, Ms. Garcia had the most momentum of any of the top eight candidates, shooting up from 5% in a March 6 poll and 8% in a poll conducted May 15.
The longstanding front-runners, Mr. Adams and former presidential candidate
weren’t far behind. Mr. Adams had support from 20% of voters, and Mr. Yang from 16%, according to the poll.
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer received 10%, while the other six candidates had single-digit support. The Emerson College poll, conducted by text message May 23 and 24, also found 9% of voters still undecided.
Ms. Garcia recently received endorsements from the editorial boards of both the New York Times and New York Daily News, who praised her experience and management during crises. Her campaign manager, Monika Hansen, said that the poll shows voters are “coalescing around Kathryn Garcia to lead our city’s recovery.”
A spokesman for Mr. Yang said the polls go up and down but the enthusiasm of his supporters has stayed high. A spokesman for Mr. Adams declined to comment.
Polling has been scant for this primary election, which will feature ranked-choice voting for the first time. It will also be held in June instead of September, making the campaign season shorter.
In the Fontas poll, Ms. Garcia and Mr. Yang each received 8% of the vote. The poll of 800 likely Democratic voters was conducted by phone from May 15 through May 19, right after the first televised debate.
Of those asked, half said they were still undecided, the same percentage as in March. When pressed, however, 24% of those who called themselves undecided said they were leaning toward one of the eight Democratic candidates.
The Fontas/CODA poll also found Ms. Garcia had the biggest increase in name recognition: 55% of voters were familiar with her, compared with 29% in a March poll.
“At a time of great uncertainty and great challenges across the five boroughs, New York City voters are coalescing around the more ideologically moderate candidates in the race for mayor,” said George Fontas, the chief executive officer of Fontas Advisors.
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