New poll has Eric Adams edging out Andrew Yang for NYC mayor

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A new survey of likely Democratic primary voters has Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams pulling ahead of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang for the first time in the city’s crowded mayoral race.

“This poll shows what we have seen on the ground for months: that New Yorkers want Eric to be the next mayor because they share his vision for a safer, fairer city where prosperity is shared by all,” Adams spokesman Evan Thies told The Post.

The poll, commissioned by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s campaign for New York City comptroller, shows Adams at 21 percent and Yang at 18 percent of Democratic voters.

Current city Comptroller Scott Stringer comes in third at 15 percent, though the poll was conducted April 27 to 29 — just before former associate Jean Kim accused him of sexually harassing her during his 2001 campaign for public advocate.

Shaun Donavan, who served as President Barack Obama’s housing secretary, got 8 percent of the voters surveyed followed by civil rights attorney Maya Wiley with 7 percent. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, ex-Citigroup executive Ray McGuire and nonprofit executive Dianne Morales each came away with 6 percent.

For Yang it has been a steady decline in recent polls. A poll conducted around the same time by the pro-charter school group StudentsFirstNY put Yang slightly ahead of Adams 22 percent to 17 percent.

A mid-April survey by NY1 gave Yang a comfortable nine point lead over Adams.

Since then Yang has stumbled, including laughing at a comedian who asked him if he “choke bitches” during sex and calling for a controversial crackdown on unlicensed street vendors.

Democratic mayoral candidate Andrew Yang holds a news conference in the Dumbo
Democratic mayoral candidate Andrew Yang holds a news conference in Dumbo on March 11, 2021.
AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File

“Every other poll has us in first place but we’ve always said this would be a close race, including in this small sample sized poll,” said Yang spokesman Chris Coffey. “The only poll that really matters is the one on June 22 and we expect to win that one,” he said about election day.

A racially diverse group of five hundred voters was surveyed by the Washington, DC-based firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner. Nearly half of black voters queried support Adams, who is also black, while Yang, who is Asian American, took just 12 percent of that constituency. Yang’s highest support was among Hispanics at 22 percent, followed by 17 percent of whites and 12 percent of blacks.

The majority of voters polled said the city was headed in the wrong direction and just 36 percent had “warm” feelings toward Mayor Bill de Blasio while 45 percent had “cool” feelings toward him.

Johnson, who commissioned the poll, had 11 percent of voters who viewed him cooly while 41 percent cited warm feelings.

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