Thursday, December 12, 2013
The Associated Press
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New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner leaves his apartment building in New York on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. The former congressman acknowledged sending explicit text messages to a woman as recently as last summer, more than a year after sexting revelations destroyed his congressional career.
The poll also found 55 percent of registered Democrats now have an unfavorable impression of Weiner, while 30 percent see him favorably. The numbers were nearly the reverse of a June poll by the same entities, which tallied a 52-36 percent favorable-to-unfavorable split then.
"New York City Democrats were willing to give Anthony Weiner a second chance but are reluctant to excuse his behavior now," Marist College polling director Lee Miringoff said in an analysis of the results.
Still, Democratic voters are roughly evenly split on whether he should drop out of the race, and on whether his digital dalliances will affect their votes.
Those who have donated to his campaign were also conflicted.
Paula Corsi, 46, of Queens, gave $35 to Weiner at a fundraiser June 25. She said she is concerned about this week's revelations but believes Weiner has good ideas and wants him to stay in the race.
"If the people really don't want him to run they'll tell him in September" in the primary, she said. "Let the voters decide."
But architect Charles Thanhauser, 61, said he regrets giving Weiner $100.
"The continuing texting a year after he resigned from Congress makes me think there's something extremely wrong with him," said Thanhauser, of Manhattan. "It makes me question his motives in running for office. It makes me question his judgment."
Weiner has been urged to quit the race by newspaper editorial boards some rivals. And on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called his behavior "reprehensible" and "disrespectful of women." But she said it was up to him to decide whether he should leave the mayor's race.