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New poll has de Blasio still leading 3-1

Democratic nominee for New York City mayor Bill

Democratic nominee for New York City mayor Bill de Blasio addresses a group of women's rights and health organizations on the steps of City Hall. (Oct. 10, 2013) Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

Democrat Bill de Blasio has maintained a 3-to-1 lead over Republican Joe Lhota in yet another poll on the New York City mayor's race.

With 31/2 weeks until Election Day, 67 percent of likely voters favor de Blasio, versus 23 percent for Lhota -- a 44 percentage-point lead, according to The Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist poll released Thursday. Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrión had 2 percent, other candidates 1 percent and 7 percent said they were undecided, the poll found.

Lhota has failed to make any headway since Marist first polled the electorate after the two men won their parties' primaries Sept. 10. That poll, released Sept. 17, showed de Blasio topping Lhota with a 43-point lead. Over the following weeks, polls from Quinnipiac and The New York Times/Siena College showed Lhota facing deficits of about 50 points.

Lhota, a Giuliani-era deputy mayor, said he was pinning his hopes on his three scheduled debates with de Blasio, which begin next week, to familiarize voters with his proposals.

"The real debate starts next Tuesday night at 7 o'clock on Channel 7," Lhota said Thursday before a meeting in midtown with business leaders.

WABC-TV said Thursday night that based partly on the poll, only Lhota and de Blasio would be invited to participate. Carrión and businessman Jack Hidary, of the Jobs and Education Party, have consistently polled in the single digits.

More registered voters view Lhota unfavorably than favorably, 43 percent to 32 percent, and 25 percent said they'd never heard of Lhota or couldn't rate him. By contrast, 65 percent had a favorable view of de Blasio, compared with 23 percent expressing an unfavorable view.

The poll, of 1,305 adults -- 969 registered voters and 495 likely voters -- had a margin of sampling error of 4.4 percentage points for likely voters and 3.1 percent for registered voters. It was conducted between Sunday and Tuesday.

Neither campaign returned messages seeking comment.

With Emily Ngo

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