New Yorkers Clueless on Mayoral Candidates

New Yorkers in the dark on mayoral contenders

Mayoral candidate who?

Less than one-third of New Yorkers polled were able to identify mayoral candidates Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens/Brooklyn) and City Controller William Thompson when shown their photograph, according to a Daily News survey.

Only 20 of the 100 New Yorkers polled in downtown Brooklyn recognized Thompson. Weiner fared slightly better with 29 - but several New Yorkers also identified him as disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer or New Jersey's scandal-ridden ex-Gov. Jim McGreevey.

"They look familiar. I've seen them, but I can't remember their names," Brownsville cook Dorothey Sanders, who could not identify either candidate, told the News.

More than half of city voters in a Quinnipiac University poll released last week said they didn't know enough about Weiner to form an opinion of him, while 69 percent said the same for Thompson.

Only 3 percent said they couldn't form an opinion of incumbent Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Bloomberg leads both Democratic contenders in the election campaign, besting Weiner by a margin of 50 percent to 35 percent and Thompson by a margin of 50 percent to 34 percent, according to the Quinnipiac poll.  

Only one of the 10 subway riders who took a flyer from Thompson as he campaigned against fare hikes in Herald Square Wednesday knew the name of the former Board of Education president, the Daily News survey found.

Thompson said he wasn't worried about whether his voters recognize his face - as long as they recognize his policies, he told the News.

"Most peeople aren't looking at you. Most people are making sure you're not harrassing them," Thompson said.

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