BY ANTHONY O’REILLY
New Yorkers are ready to have a woman lead the city, but are less interested in having another business executive as mayor, a new poll found.
Conducted by Quinnipiac University, the poll said 64 percent of New Yorkers are comfortable with the idea of having a woman candidate be mayor and 27 percent are enthusiastic about it. The poll also found that 63 percent of New Yorkers are comfortable with the idea of a gay candidate in office, while 15 percent are enthusiastic about the idea.
If elected, mayoral favorite City Council Speaker Christine Quinn would be the first female and openly-gay mayor of New York City.
“Council Speaker Christine Quinn is edging up toward that magic 40 percent that would make her the Democratic nominee without a primary run-off,” director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, Maurice Carroll said.
Quinn also holds a lead over her business executive counterparts. The poll found that only 47 percent of New Yorkers are comfortable with the idea of a business executive candidate as mayor, and only 10 percent enthusiastic about the idea.
“Only being a business executive draws significant negative votes in a mayoral candidate,” Carroll said.
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