Weiner comes in second among Democratic candidates in Marist poll
It's been a week since Anthony Weiner officially entered the mayoral race and he's already giving his Democratic challengers a run for their money, a poll released Tuesday shows.
The Marist College survey found that 19% of voters would pick the disgraced congressman in the primary, up from 15% in April.
Weiner, 48, came in second to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who scored 24%, and beat Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson, who had 12% and 11%, respectively.
Christina Greer, an assistant professor of political science at Fordham University, said the notoriety from Weiner's lewd-photo scandal may have put him in a better-than-expected position.
"Most people are writing Weiner off as a total joke, but he has name recognition for better or worse," she said.
Greer predicted that New Yorkers would be forgiving toward Weiner, who has been aggressively campaigning since his announcement last week, and the poll backed her sentiments.
About 53% of voters say Weiner deserves a second chance. However, only 44% view him favorably.
Greer said Weiner will attract voters if he continues to tout his past work in Congress and stays candid about his mistakes.
"You have YouTube videos of him screaming about health care on the floors of Congress and that gets people's attention," she said.
As for the other candidates, Greer said they need to step up their campaigns if they want to avoid a possible primary runoff.
"As you go closer to the finish line, you shouldn't assume anything," she said.