The Washington Times - July 31, 2013, 01:15PM

Do New York City’s Democratic voters think that the ever-unfolding, often unbelievable saga of Anthony Weiner is a viable issue of concern in the New York mayoral race?

Why, yes. Indeed, they do.

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A wide ranging poll of likely Democratic primary voters in the Big Apple reveals that 65 percent says Mr. Weiner’s sexting troubles are a “legitimate issue” in the campaign. Interestingly enough, more men believe this than women: 60 percent of women and 72 percent of men agree.

Should Mr. Weiner drop out? He’s already declared he’s in for the long haul, even though the story has expanded to affect Bill and Hillary Clinton, spouse Huma Abedin and assorted staffers.

The new Quinnipiac University poll finds that 53 percent of the likely voters overall say Mr. Weiner should drop out of the race; 54 percent of women and 52 percent of men agree.

Meanwhile, another 40 percent of the voters overall say Mr. Weiner’s behavior “disqualified” him for consideration as a candidate; 39 percent of women and 40 percent of men agree.

Yet an equal number agree: 40 percent overall say the behavior does not disqualify Mr. Weiner; 41 percent of women and 38 percent of men agree. An empathetic 20 percent overall say his behavior is “not a factor”; 19 percent of women and 21 percent of men agree.

Still, the beleaguered Mr. Weiner has suffered serious reputation damage. The poll also found that only 35 percent say the phrase “strong personal moral character” could describe Mr. Weiner; 30 percent of women and 42 percent of men agree.

The Quinnipiac University poll of 466 likely Democratic primary voters was conducted July 24 to 26.