Eric Adams has 40 point lead over Curtis Sliwa in mayoral poll

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Democratic nominee Eric Adams holds a 40-point lead over Republican rival Curtis Sliwa in the race for mayor, according to the first general election poll of the race.

Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, leads Guardian Angels founder Sliwa 61 percent to 25 percent among likely voters, with the remaining 14 percent undecided, the Emerson College/PIX 11/New Nation survey released Monday found.

But when undecided voters are asked to choose sides, Adams’ support jumps to 70 percent to 30 percent for Sliwa — a 40 point chasm.

Adams, a retired cop, leads by comfortable margins in all boroughs except conservative leaning Staten Island, where Sliwa bested him 61 percent to 28 percent.

The survey of 615 likely voters was taken from Oct. 22-23 and has a 3.9 percentage point margin of error.

Sliwa’s camp dismissed the survey’s findings, saying the same pollster had him just narrowly leading in the Republican primary over rival Fernando Matteo, a race he won by 40 points.

“If my kid went to Emerson College, I’d ask for a refund,” cracked Sliwa spokesman Rob Cole.

Adams has a 70 to 30 lead in the the Emerson College/PIX 11/New Nation survey.
Adams has a 70 to 30 lead in the the Emerson College/PIX 11/New Nation survey.
Emerson College/PIX 11/New Nation

Assuming the poll is even close to an accurate reflection of the electorate in the five boroughs, Sliwa will lose to Adams in a landslide in a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans 7 to 1. Mayor Bill de Blasio trounced both Republican candidates Joe Lhota in 2013 and Nicole Malliotakis in 2017.

Crime was cited by far as the most pressing issue facing the next mayor.

Thirty four percent of respondents said public safety should be the mayor’s first priority, followed by 19 percent citing homelessness, 11 percent for jobs, 8 percent for both COVID-19 and health care, 5 percent for the environment and 4 percent each for schools and transportation, with the rest undecided.

Eric Adams was found to be in the lead in every borough except Staten Island.
Eric Adams was found to be in the lead in every borough except Staten Island.
James Keivom

About a third of voters said they do not feel safe riding the subway.

Meanwhile 57 percent of voters said the city is headed in the wrong direction, while 43 percent said it is headed in the right direction.

De Blasio, meanwhile, is going out on a sour note — 61 percent of voters disapprove of the job he’s doing at City Hall, while only 22 percent of respondents approve, with the remaining 17 percent having no opinion.

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