Bill de Blasio is now leading the NYC mayoral race, is stop-and-frisk to thank?

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is now leading the NYC mayoral race, according to a new Quinnipiac poll, and the unfavorable view of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy among Democratic voters may be what pushed him ahead.

De Blasio now boasts a 30 percent lead among voters, compared with 24 percent for Speaker Quinn, 22 percent for former Comptroller Thompson, 10 percent for former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, six percent for Comptroller John Liu and one percent for Council member Sal Albanese.  Seven percent of voters polled were still undecided.

“A few weeks ago, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio looked like an also-ran.   Today, he’s the leader of the pack, and a winner in the runoffs.  Follow the bouncing ball, folks.  This line-up keeps changing,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The poll, released Tuesday, shows that 60 percent of Democratic voters see the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy as excessive, and believe police are harassing innocent people. Of those voters, 34 percent support de Blasio, followed by 24 percent for Thompson and 22 percent for Quinn.

Meanwhile, 31 percent of Democratic voters said they approve of the policy, and believe it has made the city safer.

De Blasio is heavily favored among white voters, with 39 percent backing de Blasio, 31 percent Quinn and 12 percent Thompson.

Among black voters, 39 percent say they would vote for Thompson, 22 percent for de Blasio and 18 percent for Quinn.

The De Blasio campaign released the following statement on the poll:

“Whether we are ahead in the polls or behind, Bill de Blasio’s message has always been clear.  He is the only Democrat who will break from the Bloomberg years by raising taxes on the wealthy to invest in universal pre-K and after-school programs, ending racial profiling, and fighting to save community hospitals.”

The poll’s timing is good for de Blasio, who will participate in the first debate of the Democratic primary tonight at 7 p.m.

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