Anthony Weiner Surges in New York Mayor Polls — But Lags Among Jews

Black and Latino Voters Rally Behind Only Jewish Candidate

Frontrunner?: Anthony Weiner marches in New York’s gay pride parade. The only Jewish candidate in the mayor’s race is surging toward the top of the polls — but is it just name recognition?
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Frontrunner?: Anthony Weiner marches in New York’s gay pride parade. The only Jewish candidate in the mayor’s race is surging toward the top of the polls — but is it just name recognition?

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Published July 01, 2013.
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New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner is surging in the polls, but he has practically everybody except Jewish voters to thank for his comeback.

The disgraced ex-Congressman is drawing large chunks of the black, Latino and Asian vote — but Jews like him even less than they did a month ago when he first announced his bid for mayor.

Shockingly, Weiner, the only Jewish candidate, has lower favorable ratings among Jews than he does among any other religious group, according to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC New York/Marist poll. African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians also like Weiner more than Jewish Democrats.

The proportion of Jews who reported an unfavorable impression of Weiner jumped to 52% in June poll from 44% in Marists’s May poll.

With the Democratic mayoral primary still months away, the shape of the race shifted dramatically last week. Polls published by Marist and Quinnipiac University showed Weiner, who resigned from his Congressional seat after Tweeting inappropriate photos, in or near the lead in the Democratic primary contest.

Jewish voters appear not yet to have settled on a consensus candidate, according to the Marist poll. The broad enthusiasm among Democrats for Weiner, however, doesn’t appear to be shared by Jewish voters.

“There’s a consistency in how these different groups are reacting to his candidacy, and clearly Jews are not enthusiastic at this point,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist poll. “If you were to think that due to Weiner’s background he would be doing better among Jews, he isn’t.”

In interviews conducted between June 17 and June 21, more than half of Jewish New York City Democrats told Marist pollsters that they had an unfavorable impression of Weiner. That’s the highest unfavorable rating of any group broken out by the Marist analysts, including Protestants, Catholics, Whites, Latinos, Asians, and African-Americans.


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