According to a Quinnipiac University survey that came out last week, Hillary Clinton would beat out the incumbent Democratic Mayor Bill De Blasio if she were to run as an independent. According to the data, 49% of the electorate would vote for the former Democratic Presidential candidate for the presidency, while 29% would vote for De Blasio.
Clinton has not formally announced a run for the Mayorship and has not indicated any future plans to run for public office. The survey consisted of 1,138 voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points, meaning the results may vary either way.
Out of those surveyed, 45% said that they approve of De Blasio and 46% said they disapprove. 49% said that the mayor does not deserve to be reelected and 42 % he does deserve it.
61% of registered Democrats said that they would support Clinton if hypothetically the two Democrats would run against one another under the same party banner. 29% would support the Mayor in that scenario.
45% of independent voters would vote for Hillary, according to the survey. The Quinnipiac survey indicates that De Blasio would win the Republican vote, while Hillary would win the male, female, black, white and Hispanic subsections of the electorate. The only borough that favored De Blasio over Hilary was Staten Island.
Although major media outlets like the New York Times and the New York Post have welcomed the prospect of a Clinton run for mayor, one former aide has told CNN’s “State of the Union” that the 2016 election was likely the last time that Clinton will run for public office. Neera Tanden, the head of the think tank the Center for American Progress said that “I don’t expect her to ever run for any elected office again.”
In spite of the fact that the President resides in the Empire State, Trump is immensely unpopular in New York City if the election results are any indication of his standing among his fellow New Yorkers. Hilary, on the other hand, won the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election by 3 million votes, and made a resounding statement in her home state of New York, receiving 79 percent of the vote, or 2 million votes to Trump’s relatively paltry 461, 184.
Assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, Tim Malloy stated that “New Yorkers aren’t in love with Mayor de Blasio, but they seem to like him better than other possible choices-except Hillary Clinton, who probably is an impossible choice.”
If the poll data holds true and if a real possibility exists that Clinton can become Mayor after her hopeful presidential bid, she herself has not readily accepted the consolation prize and has yet to state openly that she will utilize the momentum from her presidential bid to run for mayor; only time will tell.
By: Kevin McCaffrey