According to a recent poll, conducted on Wednesday in New York, just 30 percent of registered New York Democrats doesn’t like the candidate anymore.
However, 55 percent said they have an unfavorable impression, an overnight NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll found. The unveiled today figures are a dramatic flip from the previous months, when 52 percent rated Weiner favorably in another poll.
Christine Quinn now leads the primary, as he managed to win 25 percent of approval, followed by Weiner at 16 percent, and Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson both at 14 percent.
As The Huffington Post reports, the last NBC/WSJ/Marist poll, taken a month ago, had Weiner 5 points ahead of Quinn, 25 percent to 20 percent.
“There’s been a significant erosion in people’s willingness to say he deserves another chance. They are more reluctant to grant that,” pollster Lee Miringoff told reporters of the poll’s results.
The scandal surfaced on Thursday, after Weiner publicly admitted that he had an online relationship with three women after his resignation from Congress.
The politician revealed to reporters that the total number of women he sexted with was “six to 10, I suppose” — three of which were after he left Congress two years ago.
“When I announced for office, I said that there were multiple women over an extended period of time, and these things were very wrong, I deeply regret them, worked through them with my wife, they’re behind me. That has not changed,” he said.
“I do regret that when I said those words to many of you, that maybe I should have said, ‘Here’s when something happened.’ Weiner added.
“I have resisted talking about the specifics of these things because I don’t want to create a maelstrom for people on the other side. If people want to reveal information, they’re welcome to do it. But these things did take place before and after I resigned, over a period of time.”
However, as The New York Daily News claims, the former Congressman insisted his online dalliances did not amount to a sex addiction.
“I don’t believe that it is. The people that I’m working with don’t believe that it is. And I’ll leave it … I want to have some modicum of privacy between me and the people who are offering me this help, but the answer is no,” Weiner said.
The polls came a few days after the mayoral candidate announced at a press conference that he will continue his electional campaign despite the scandal.
Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, a close aide to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, smiled during the press conference, saying that she will stay by his side and even explained why.
“I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him, and as he has said from the beginning, ‘We are moving forward,’” Abedin said.
Her husband later told the media that he believes voters want to hear him out.
“I am waging this campaign on a bet and the bet is at the end of the day citizens care more about their own future than about my past with my wife and my embarrassing things. And if I turn out to be wrong, you’re gonna find out in 45 days or so.”