September 4, 2013 - Stringer On Top Of Too-Close-To-Call Comptroller Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Big Racial Gap, But No Gender Gap
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The Democratic primary for New York City Comptroller is too close to call, with 47 percent of likely primary voters for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and 45 percent for former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This compares to a 46 - 46 percent dead heat in an August 29 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University and a 56 - 37 percent Spitzer lead in an August 14 survey.

In today's survey, women likely Democratic primary voters go 46 percent for Stringer and 45 percent for Spitzer. Men go 49 percent for Stringer and 46 percent for Spitzer. Black voters back Spitzer 61 - 32 percent while white voters back Stringer 60 - 36 percent.

"The Democratic primary for New York City comptroller is no longer an Eliot Spitzer romp. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has made the comptroller race a nail-biter, too close to call," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Overwhelming support among black voters keeps Spitzer in the race. Stringer swamps him among white voters."

From August 28 - September 1, Quinnipiac University surveyed 750 likely Democratic primary voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, Iowa and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, or call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

6. If the Democratic primary for City Comptroller were being held today, and the candidates were Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer, for whom would you vote? (If undecided) As of today, do you lean more toward Spitzer or Stringer (Table includes leaners)
                     LIKELY DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS............................
                                                        AGE IN YRS    COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    <50    50+    Yes    No
 
Spitzer              45%    46%    45%    36%    61%    51%    42%    44%    47%
Stringer             47     49     46     60     32     43     49     52     42
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      1      -      1      -      1      -      -      1
DK/NA                 7      5      9      3      7      5      9      4     10
 
                     POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
                     LIBERAL.....  Mod/   DEMOCRAT........
                     Very   SmWht  Con    Strong NotStrong
 
Spitzer              46%    48%    42%    50%    39%
Stringer             50     46     49     44     56
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -      -      1      -      -
DK/NA                 5      6      8      6      6
 
TREND: If the Democratic primary for City Comptroller were being held today, and the candidates were Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer, for whom would you vote? (If undecided) As of today, do you lean more toward Spitzer or Stringer? (Table includes leaners)
                     LIKELY DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS
                     Sep 04  Aug 29  Aug 14  Jul 25
                     2013    2013    2013    2013
 
Spitzer              45      46      56      49
Stringer             47      46      37      45
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       -       -       -       -
DK/NA                 7       8       7       6
 
 
6a. (If candidate chosen q6) Will you definitely vote for (Candidate of choice q6), or is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for (Candidate not chosen q6)? IF CHANGE MIND: Would you say there's a good chance you'll change your mind, or would you say it's pretty unlikely?
                     LIKELY DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS
                            CANDIDATE OF CHOICE Q6
                     Tot    Spitzr Stringer
 
Def vote for cand    78%    74%    81%
Unlikely to change    7      6      7
Good chance change   13     17      9
DK/NA                 2      2      3
 
TREND: (If candidate chosen) Will you definitely vote for (Candidate of choice), or is there a chance you could change your mind and vote for (Candidate not chosen)? IF CHANGE MIND: Would you say there's a good chance you'll change your mind, or would you say it's pretty unlikely?
                     LIKELY DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS
                     Sep 04  Aug 29  Aug 14  Jul 25
                     2013    2013    2013    2013
 
Def vote for cand    78      75      70      67
Unlikely to change    7       7      10      12
Good chance change   13      15      18      19
DK/NA                 2       3       2       3
 
 

Demographic Summary