Poll: Anthony Weiner's support is sinking fast

Support for Anthony Weiner continues to sink, according to a new poll that shows the disgraced congressman losing support fast in the New York City Democratic mayoral primary.

A Quinnipiac University poll out Tuesday, a month before the primary, reveals Weiner has the support of 10 percent of likely New York City Democratic primary voters, behind new frontrunner Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who has 30 percent support, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at 24 percent and former Comptroller William Thompson at 22 percent.

In Quinnipiac's last poll, released July 29, Weiner had 16 percent support. In a July 24 Quinnipiac poll, he had 22 percent support.

"Nobody thinks former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner will pack it in, but 52 percent of likely Democratic primary voters wish he'd go away and 51 percent say they'd never vote for him," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Weiner, who continues to answer questions about the sex scandal that forced him to resign from the U.S. House two years ago, has repeatedly said he's not dropping out of the mayoral race.

The poll comes on the heels of an interview Weiner did with the website Buzzfeed on Monday where he blasted what he called the media's "brutal" coverage of his campaign, at one point taking aim at a major newspaper: "The New York Times -- wait for it -- doesn't want me to win," he said. "This is the same people who brought you a third term for Mike Bloomberg. I don't care, and it makes them nuts that I don't care!"

Throughout the 45 minute sit-down interview, he opened up about everything from his campaign, to his wife Huma Abedin -- a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton. Asked if he knows what Abedin's role would be in Clinton's 2016 campaign, would be Weiner said, "I do." Pressed on what it will be, Weiner said, "I'm not telling you."

Asked, "Do you feel like you've damaged her place in that world?" Weiner said, "I feel that what I've done is hurt her, yeah. It's hurt her professionally. It's hurt her personally."

Meanwhile, the Quinnipiac poll reveals that 60 percent of likely New York City Democratic primary voters say the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk policy is excessive and harasses people and that 66 percent support the creation of an inspector general to independently monitor the police department.

A federal judge ruled Monday that the stop-and-frisk policy, which has been criticized as racial profiling, violates individuals' constitutional rights because it intentionally discriminates based on race -- a significant judicial rebuke for what the mayor and police commissioner have defended as a life-saving, crime-fighting tool.

Instead of ordering an end to the practice, however, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin appointed an independent monitor to oversee changes to the policy.

The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 579 likely Democratic primary voters from August 7-12. The poll's margin of error is +/- 4.1 percentage points.

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