After recent mayoral polls showing that disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner was leading or eroding her support, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is launching a new ad blitz. But now a NY Times/Siena College poll shows her with a hefty lead!

According to the Times, "The poll found that among Democratic voters, Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, is leading the field, with support from 27 percent, followed by Anthony D. Weiner, a former congressman, who was supported by 18 percent. Bill de Blasio, the public advocate, and William C. Thompson Jr., a former comptroller, were each backed by 11 percent of Democratic voters, while John C. Liu, the current comptroller, had support from 7 percent."

Further, 61% of voters think that empathy—"a candidate’s ability to understand the needs and problems of ordinary New Yorkers"—was critical in selecting the next mayor. One respondent, a 32-year-old female freelance film editor in Brooklyn, told the Times, "I feel over all she will be fairly similar to Bloomberg, but that she’s willing to go further in terms of making the city better for middle- and lower-class people, especially in terms of child care and education. She thinks more compassionately than the other candidates, and will govern more compassionately."

However, Weiner has as much support as Quinn from "Brooklyn residents, parents, union households, and voters 65 and older." One 62-year-old woman from Queens explained, "I like Anthony Weiner. I think he’s really smart and concerned about helping put together things for the city."