CIVIC CENTER — A new poll commissioned by the labor-backed New York Progress PAC, which was formed to support Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio’s campaign, shows he's still a strong favorite over Republican opponent Joe Lhota just days before the election.
The poll, released Friday and conducted over Wednesday and Thursday, has de Blasio garnering 68 percent of likely voters’ support, while Lhota’s support dwells in the teens at 18 percent, with 11 percent of those surveyed saying they remain undecided.
The poll, conducted by Clarity Campaign Labs, included 601 likely voters, reached by landlines and cellphones, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.85 percent.
The poll showed de Blasio continuing to dominate across a number of voting populations. De Blasio led among independents, while being supported by nearly 20 percent of Republicans. He led among all racial groups surveyed, with 90 percent of African Americans and 70 percent of Hispanics supporting his campaing. He maintained a lead of more than 20 points among white voters.
Josh Gold, political director for the New York Progress-member Hotel Trades Council, said the PAC just purchased additional ad time during major sporting events ahead of Tuesday’s election to try and sway the few remaining undecided voters.
“We know the ad does very well with the very few voters who remain undecided so we decided to make the purchase,” Gold said.
The ads will air during the New York City Marathon coverage on Sunday, as well as during the NFL’s Sunday Night Football and college football coverage on Monday, among other sport events. The new ad buys are part of a more than $1 million campaign in support of de Blasio.
Neither the de Blasio nor Lhota campaign responded to requests for comment.