The Washington Times - June 27, 2013, 07:04AM

After his political career was left for dead two years ago, numbers for former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, New York Democrat, have ticked up slightly coming in a new poll for the party’s primary for New York City Mayor.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn gets 19 percent of the vote, Mr. Weiner gets 17 percent, and former city comptroller William Thompson at 16 percent, according to new numbers from Quinnipiac University.

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Ms. Quinn has taken a step backward since a May survey that showed her at 25 percent, Mr. Weiner at 15 percent and Mr. Thompson at 10 percent.

Today, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is at 10 percent and current comptroller John Liu is at 7 percent.

Though many people are certainly watching the race because of the candidacy of Mr. Weiner, who resigned from Congress in 2011 after accidentally tweeting lewd photos of himself, the news in the poll is the jump in numbers for Mr. Thompson, said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“Former Comptroller William Thompson’s spurt — no doubt spurred in part by his endorsement last week by the United Federation of Teachers — is the big news in this new poll,” Mr. Carroll said. “The other news is Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s slide and that’s more puzzling. A few polls ago, she was edging close to the magic 40 percent. Now she’s down with the guys.”

Forty-five percent of all New York City voters think Mr. Weiner should run for mayor and 43 percent think he should not. Women are split, with 42 percent in favor and 44 percent opposed, while 49 percent of men think he should and 41 percent say he should not.

The survey of 1,238 New York City voters was taken from June 19-25 and has a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points. It includes 830 Democrats, with a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points among that group.