NEW YORK – A poll released Sunday by the Daily News and a local television station finds that 40 percent of those polled would favor former President Bill Clinton over the candidates who have said they would run for New York City mayor.
As for the general election, the poll also pitted Mr. Clinton against Michael Bloomberg, who is considering a run for the Republican candidacy. Mr. Clinton won that hypothetical match-up with 66 percent of respondents picking him, to Bloomberg’s 20 percent.
The poll gave current city Public Advocate Mark Green second, with 15 percent. However, Bloomberg fared worse against Green, pulling only 11 percent of respondents to Green’s 65 percent.
Clinton aides said last week that the former president, who currently lives in Westchester, has no intention of entering the mayoral race.
Blum & Weprin Associates conducted a random telephone poll of 503 registered voters from the five boroughs Wednesday and Thursday. It has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.