Mayor Bill de Blasio heads into the first general election debate next week with a commanding lead over his opponents, including the Republican challenger, (the angry/entitled Nicole Malliotakis, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday.
Sixty-one percent of likely New York City voters favored Mr. de Blasio for re-election.
Ms. Malliotakis, a state assemblywoman who represents areas of Staten Island and southwest Brooklyn, garnered 17 percent in the poll, while Sal F. Albanese, who lost to Mr. de Blasio in the Democratic primary and is running on the Reform Party line, received 8 percent. Bo Dietl, who runs a private investigations firm and is running on his own anti-de Blasio line, received 6 percent.
A poll by NBC News and the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, also released on Thursday, found similarly wide margins for the mayor.
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