Poll indicates Weiner’s support drops amid sexting scandal

File-This June 16, 2011 file photo shows Anthony Weiner speaking to the media during a news conference in New York.    (AP Photo/Seth Wenig,File)
File-This June 16, 2011 file photo shows Anthony Weiner speaking to the media during a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig,File)

NEW YORK (AP) — A new poll suggests Anthony Weiner’s new sexting scandal is taking a toll on his New York City mayoral prospects.

He’s fallen behind City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in the Democratic primary race, and Democratic voters are split on whether he should drop out of the race.

The NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll was released today. It’s the first poll conducted entirely after new disclosures about Weiner’s online dalliances.

He left Congress in 2011 over racy online exchanges he’d had with women. He acknowledged Tuesday his indiscretions continued last year.

Earlier, Weiner was near the top of most polls. The new one shows Quinn leads him 25 percent to 16 percent among registered Democrats.

The poll surveyed 551 Democrats Wednesday. The margin of error is 4.2 percentage points.

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