A poll released late Wednesday offers a bit of good news for former New York governor Eliot Spitzer. He leads the former frontrunner, Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer by nine percentage points. But there are a number of reasons his political resurrection is far from complete.
The good news — and it is good news — is that he's leading. Conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC 4 New York, the poll suggests that Spitzer's three-day-old campaign got a head start. As the graph at right shows, Spitzer (light blue) gets 42 percent of support. Stringer pulls in only 33 percent.
"My policies and approach to this election will not be determined by polls," Spitzer tweeted. "I am, however, gratified by these numbers..." He would indeed be well-advised not to put too much stock in the poll.
A lot of people haven't made up their minds.
A quarter of respondents haven't yet decided which candidate they support. Which is unsurprising, given that the position is comptroller, one of the more esoteric civic positions.
While The Journal notes that Spitzer's voters are more solidly behind their candidate than Stringer's backers, Spitzer is still basically trailing "someone else" by a 58 to 42 margin. Stringer's not a complete unknown, having held elected office for a long time. But few New Yorkers pay much attention to their borough president. When the campaign gets underway and people begin paying more attention, they might decide that this guy they're just discovering is preferable to the one they've heard so much about.