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2009 Election Update: New York

Posted Jul 29, 2009 at 2:06 AM
Maurice Berger, Political Director, PollTrack

In New York's race for Mayor, it looks like incumbent Independent Michael Bloomberg remains ahead, but by a far smaller margin. While polling is so sparse that PollTrack is not able to make a credible polling average, the Mayor has consistently led his probable challenger, NY Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr. by as much as 25 points. A new Quinnipiac poll released yesterday finds a closer race, with Bloomberg leading Thompson by ten points, 47% to 37%, a Bloomberg advantage of +10%.

New York Mayoralty 2009: Bloomberg Still Ahead

Posted Nov 25, 2008 at 4:23 AM
Maurice Berger, Political Director, PollTrack

A Quinnipiac survey released today has mostly good news for New York mayor Michael Bloomberg: City voters approve 66% to 27% of the job Mayor Michael Bloomberg is doing, down from a record high 75% to 20% in October. The mayor's approval rating has remained above the 70% for more than two years. In head-to-head match ups for next year's race, Bloomberg leads New York City Comptroller William Thompson by a margin of 49% to 34%, and beats Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), 50% to 34%. That Bloomberg barely touches the 50% mark suggests that his reelection is not a foregone conclusion.

The New York City Term Limits Debate

Posted Oct 23, 2008 at 1:53 AM
PollTrack Election Watch

The New York City Term Limits Debate:  PollTrack will be actively covering a number of local races and referendums next year, including the New York City mayoral and other citywide elections. The New York City Council is due to vote on Thursday on a move to allow Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run for a third term despite a poll showing that 89 percent of voters say a referendum should decide the issue. The term limits debate revolves around three issues: whether term limits should be extended one additional term (to three), whether the original law, affirmed by voters in two separate elections in the 1990s, can be emended legislatively, and whether the present mayor should run for a third term. A newly released Reuters article provides excellent background and on the ground reporting on the "term limits" debate.