Poll shows voter feelings mixed on ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner
Voters have mixed feelings about former Rep. Anthony Weiner's potential New York City mayoral run, a new poll shows: He gets more support than several other Democratic contenders, but half of voters say they wouldn't even entertain voting for him.
Two years after resigning from Congress as result of a sexting scandal, Weiner gets 15 percent of the vote in a potential Democratic primary, more than any other Democrat except City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, according to an NBC New York-Marist Poll released late Tuesday night.
And 45 percent of registered Democrats have a favorable impression of him, while 41 percent view him unfavorably, a reversal from a similar poll in February that found more unfavorable than favorable views.
But 50 percent of Democrats say in the new poll that they wouldn't consider voting for Weiner, while 46 percent would think about it. The split is more pronounced among voters as a whole.
"It is a mixed message," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. "There are numbers in here that are encouraging for him, and there are also numbers that reveal a major reluctance on the part of voters."
Weiner didn't immediately respond to a request for an interview. He said in a New York Times Magazine piece last week that he was weighing a run to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Weiner ran for mayor in 2005 and considered it in 2009.
Weiner's career self-destructed after he tweeted a lewd picture of himself and later admitted that he'd exchanged inappropriate messages with several women.
Voters are split on whether he has changed since then, the new poll shows; nearly even shares of respondents say yes, no and not sure.