Quinnipac goes on to explain more about de Blasio's lead:A new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University has the city’s public advocate with 36 percent of the likely Democratic vote, placing him within reaching distance of avoiding a widely-expected runoff election.
The two other leading Democratic candidates, Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former Comptroller Bill Thompson, posted 21 and 20 percent respectively. Former Congressman Anthony Weiner earned just 8 percent, while current Comptroller John Liu trailed with 6 percent.
Mr. de Blasio’s rise seems to be bolstered by a general frustration with the way the city has been run under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Sixty-five percent of likely Democratic voters said they believe the city needs to take a new direction, and far more said they’re looking for “a strong leader” who understands their problems, as opposed to someone with “the right experience” or “new ideas.” - Politicker, 8/28/13
And here's a few more details:"Talk about breaking out of the pack! Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, in fourth place just five weeks ago, is edging up on the magic 40 percent needed to avoid a Democratic primary runoff. And if there is a runoff, he clobbers Council Speaker Christine Quinn or former Comptroller and 2009 Democratic challenger William Thompson," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
"De Blasio takes a big lead into the final turn. Let's see how he does in the home stretch."
De Blasio, who's running on a more liberal platform than Quinn and Thompson, also sports big leads in hypothetical run-off matchups with his two closest rivals. He would beat Quinn, the former longtime front-runner, 59 percent to 30 percent and Thompson 52 percent to 36 percent, according to the poll.
De Blasio's support jumped from 30 percent in a Quinnipiac poll taken Aug. 13. - WABC-TV New York, 8/28/13
You can read the Quinnipac poll here:The advocate, who benefitted heavily from both ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner's tumble in the packed field and a warm response to ads featuring his teenaged son, Dante, bounded up six points from the Aug. 13 Q Poll, which had Quinn at 24% support and Thompson at 22%.
De Blasio leads substantially among both whites and blacks.
On the gender gap, Quinn, the only woman in the race, gets the nod from 25% of female likely voters and only 18% of males -- leaving her outstripped by de Blasio's 30% and 43% respectively.
A substantial 65% of those polled say New York needs a change from three-term Mayor Bloomberg.
Most -- 30% -- told Quinnipiac they want a strong leader, while 26% value someone who gets their problems, 19% crave a candidate with new ideas and 18% say experience is paramount.
De Blasio's got a big lead among those who lean toward a candidate who understands them and who has new ideas. Quinn's ahead with likely primary voters who seek a strong leader with the right experience. - New York Daily News, 8/28/13
This is excellent news indeed. The primary election is September 10th. Lets keep de Blasio's campaign fueled and keep it going so hopefully we can avoid the runoff: