Yang widens his lead in latest public poll as PAC forms to boost his candidacy


With a little more than two months until New Yorkers head to the polls to pick the Democratic candidate for mayor, Andrew Yang is widening the gap over his second-place rival, Eric Adams.

A survey conducted by Data For Progress, a national think tank, found 26 percent of voters are supporting Yang’s candidacy — double the 13 percent who said they would support Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. The news comes as several PACS are in the works to further assist Yang’s campaign.

The poll also found Yang leading Adams 25 to 22 percent among Black voters — a surprising number given the borough president’s political base in predominantly African-American parts of Brooklyn. Data For Progress polled 1,007 likely voters between March 21 and April 5 through web and text interviews, which would not necessarily capture the older New Yorkers Adams — a former police officer and state Senator — is counting on.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer, a career politician from Manhattan, captured 11 percent of those surveyed, and former City Hall attorney and MSNBC legal analyst Maya Wiley came in fourth at 10 percent. Every other candidate polled in single digits.

The survey, which was conducted in English, found Yang leading his opponents in every demographic: Women, men and voters who identify as Asian, Hispanic and white. He was also the top pick for people with and without college degrees.

Yang, who joined the race in January, has dominated nearly every news cycle with both controversy and creative campaigning. He relentlessly promotes New York City’s post-Covid comeback, proposing incentives for out-of-town commuters and emphasizing a desire to lure tourists back to the Big Apple. He took in a game at Yankee Stadium, promised a “key to the city” to the TurboVax creator and made a show of buying movie tickets with his wife when theaters reopened.

His breezy style and quasi-celebrity status has dwarfed the attention received by his opponents when they roll out their own endorsements and policy proposals.

The new findings, which were the compilation of several polls Data for Progress recently conducted, showed a widening lead for Yang. He was just 6 points ahead of Adams in a survey released last month by lobbying firm Fontas Advisors. That poll found half the electorate was undecided — a trend that Data for Progress backed up in a different, issue-based survey released earlier this week.

But, when the question was posed differently, only 14 percent did not select a first-place candidate and another 4 percent said they supported someone who wasn’t listed.

The poll found Yang also benefits from ranked-choice voting — a system that is debuting in city elections this year. Thirty-one percent named him their second choice pick, compared to 13 percent for Adams and Stringer and 11 percent for Wiley. Adams edged him out slightly in third-place picks with 15 percent compared to Yang’s 14 percent.

“There’s going to be lots of room for persuasion in this race, but it is very clear to me that Andrew Yang comes in in the strongest position,” said Sean McElwee, co-founder of Data for Progress.

McElwee’s firm also conducted a poll for Our City, a PAC that is fundraising to oppose Yang’s candidacy and elect someone more in line with its left-of-center policy agenda. That survey, which was not released with any candidate rankings, found wide support for a progressive agenda but these findings were a bit different.

Yang — who unsuccessfully ran for president on a “universal basic income” pledge — and Adams are not considered the progressive candidates in the race; earlier this week the left-leaning Working Families Party backed Stringer, former nonprofit CEO Dianne Morales and Wiley as its three picks.

“At the current moment, a ranked-choice system will not benefit progressives,” McElwee said. “Eric Adams seems to be the strongest in a head-to-head against Yang.”

But, he cautioned there is still time to change the course of the race, particularly since the only two candidates who have been running ads are polling in single digits — Wall Street executive Ray McGuire and former Obama and Bloomberg official Shaun Donovan. Each has a PAC spending on their behalf, though Donovan’s is causing problems for his traditional fundraising efforts.

“We’re 70 days out and no money has been spent,” McElwee said. “I think this race is going to come down to advertising and earned media.”

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With a little more than two months until New Yorkers head to the polls to pick the Democratic candidate for mayor, Andrew Yang is widening the gap over his second-place rival, Eric Adams.

A survey conducted by Data For Progress, a national think tank, found 26 percent of voters are supporting Yang’s candidacy — double the 13 percent who said they would support Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. The news comes as several PACS are in the works to further assist Yang’s campaign.

The poll also found Yang leading Adams 25 to 22 percent among Black voters — a surprising number given the borough president’s political base in predominantly African-American parts of Brooklyn. Data For Progress polled 1,007 likely voters between March 21 and April 5 through web and text interviews, which would not necessarily capture the older New Yorkers Adams — a former police officer and state Senator — is counting on.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer, a career politician from Manhattan, captured 11 percent of those surveyed, and former City Hall attorney and MSNBC legal analyst Maya Wiley came in fourth at 10 percent. Every other candidate polled in single digits.

The survey, which was conducted in English, found Yang leading his opponents in every demographic: Women, men and voters who identify as Asian, Hispanic and white. He was also the top pick for people with and without college degrees.

Yang, who joined the race in January, has dominated nearly every news cycle with both controversy and creative campaigning. He relentlessly promotes New York City’s post-Covid comeback, proposing incentives for out-of-town commuters and emphasizing a desire to lure tourists back to the Big Apple. He took in a game at Yankee Stadium, promised a “key to the city” to the TurboVax creator and made a show of buying movie tickets with his wife when theaters reopened.

His breezy style and quasi-celebrity status has dwarfed the attention received by his opponents when they roll out their own endorsements and policy proposals.

The new findings, which were the compilation of several polls Data for Progress recently conducted, showed a widening lead for Yang. He was just 6 points ahead of Adams in a survey released last month by lobbying firm Fontas Advisors. That poll found half the electorate was undecided — a trend that Data for Progress backed up in a different, issue-based survey released earlier this week.

But, when the question was posed differently, only 14 percent did not select a first-place candidate and another 4 percent said they supported someone who wasn’t listed.

The poll found Yang also benefits from ranked-choice voting — a system that is debuting in city elections this year. Thirty-one percent named him their second choice pick, compared to 13 percent for Adams and Stringer and 11 percent for Wiley. Adams edged him out slightly in third-place picks with 15 percent compared to Yang’s 14 percent.

“There’s going to be lots of room for persuasion in this race, but it is very clear to me that Andrew Yang comes in in the strongest position,” said Sean McElwee, co-founder of Data for Progress.

McElwee’s firm also conducted a poll for Our City, a PAC that is fundraising to oppose Yang’s candidacy and elect someone more in line with its left-of-center policy agenda. That survey, which was not released with any candidate rankings, found wide support for a progressive agenda but these findings were a bit different.

Yang — who unsuccessfully ran for president on a “universal basic income” pledge — and Adams are not considered the progressive candidates in the race; earlier this week the left-leaning Working Families Party backed Stringer, former nonprofit CEO Dianne Morales and Wiley as its three picks.

“At the current moment, a ranked-choice system will not benefit progressives,” McElwee said. “Eric Adams seems to be the strongest in a head-to-head against Yang.”

But, he cautioned there is still time to change the course of the race, particularly since the only two candidates who have been running ads are polling in single digits — Wall Street executive Ray McGuire and former Obama and Bloomberg official Shaun Donovan. Each has a PAC spending on their behalf, though Donovan’s is causing problems for his traditional fundraising efforts.

“We’re 70 days out and no money has been spent,” McElwee said. “I think this race is going to come down to advertising and earned media.”

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