NEW YORK-- Anthony Weiner has lost his lead in the New York City mayor's race after revelations he continued to send lewd messages online to women after he resigned from Congress in 2011, according to a poll released Thursday.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn garners 25% support among Democratic primary voters compared with 16% for Weiner, according to the poll by NBC 4 New York,The Wall Street Journaland the Marist Institute for Public Opinion.
It's the first survey since Weiner acknowledged Tuesday that he sent more salacious messages. Last month, the same poll showed Weiner leading Quinn by 5 percentage points.
"For many Democrats, the latest revelations about Anthony Weiner are more of the same, only more so," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. "Weiner has lost his lead, and his negatives are at an all-time high."
Weiner, a former seven-term congressman representing parts of Brooklyn and Queens, said earlier in the week that he would not quit the mayor's race, despite calls from some of his rivals and two of the city's largest newspapers to do so.
The candidate told the Associated Press and other reporters Thursday that he had exchanged salacious messages with as many as three women after he stepped down from Congress last summer.