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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Only 40% of Jewish registered voters said that they would consider voting for Weiner. Among Protestant registered voters, that number was 51%.

Weiner’s weak support among Jews is not for lack of trying. A review of public schedules issued by Weiner’s campaign since May shows a handful of Jewish events, including a meeting with the rebbe of the Munkach Hasidic sect, attendance at two Jewish-themed mayoral forums, an appearance at the Israel Day Parade, and a visit to a glatt kosher market in Boro Park, Brooklyn.

While Jewish voters aren’t excited about Weiner, it’s hard to say which candidate they prefer. When asked which candidate they would vote for, Jews split evenly among Weiner, Christine Quinn, Bill Thompson, and Bill de Blasio. Yet when asked whether they have a favorable impression of each candidate, de Blasio and Thompson stick out.

A full 63% of Jews report a favorable impression of de Blasio, while 66% report a favorable impression of Thompson.

“Although he’s not carrying Jews, it is a stronger group for him than other groups,” Miringoff said of de Blasio.

Weiner, for his part, polls far better among African-Americans, Asians, and Latinos than among Whites. When asked to pick among the Democratic candidates, 26% of African American Democrats and 43% of Asian Democrats said they would vote for Weiner, compared with 19% of Whites.

Observers warn that these numbers are likely skewed by the media coverage Weiner’s nascent campaign has enjoyed in the past month. “There’s been wall-to-wall press coverage since the announcement, and the coverage is generally favorable,” said Evan Stavisky, a consultant with The Parkside Group. “However, there’s a lot of campaigning still to be done.”


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