Marist poll: Michael Bloomberg Extends Lead over William Thompson

By Gabriela Resto-Montero on October 22, 2009 5:56pm 

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg leads his rival William Thompson by 16 points, according to the new Marist poll. Bloomberg and Thompson were photographed at the first debate in the  2009 mayoral campaign on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg leads his rival William Thompson by 16 points, according to the new Marist poll. Bloomberg and Thompson were photographed at the first debate in the 2009 mayoral campaign on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009.
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By Gabriela Resto-Montero

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — Mayor Michael Bloomberg leads challenger Bill Thompson by 16 percentage points among likely voters for the Nov. 3 election, a new Marist poll revealed Thursday.

Bloomberg has 52 percent of the likely vote among, while Thompson carried 36 percent, according to the poll.

Thompson's support among Democrats has dropped by 11 points since the September primary with 47 percent saying they would vote for Bloomberg versus 39 percent who would support Thompson. 

Immediately following the primary, Thompson had held 50 percent of the Democratic vote.

Although voters said they disapproved of Bloomberg's extension of term-limits, 79 percent of them, regardless of which candidate they support, believe he will win the election.

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