Andrew Yang Favored to Win NYC Mayor Race, Just Over 100 Days Before Primary

With 105 days to go until the New York City mayoral primary, former Democratic presidential candidate and philanthropic entrepreneur Andrew Yang tops the crowded field of hopefuls, a new poll finds.

The general election for mayor, set to be held on November 2, already has dozens of candidates in the running from both parties. But on the Democratic Party side, Yang has the support of 32 percent of New Yorkers. Yang rose to national fame in 2019 during his 2020 presidential campaign, but he ultimately suspended that campaign on February 11, 2020, as it became clear the race was led by now-President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Yang has offered a wide array of progressive policies, including that of a universal basic income and a Silicon Valley tax on some of the country's multibillion-dollar corporations. Yang leads the field among white voters with 50 percent of support and has 60 percent of support among Asian residents of the city.

Yang has steadily promoted policies which favor lower and working-class voters, with a focus on minority residents. The NewsNation, Emerson College poll released Monday shows him at the top of the list of New Yorkers looking to be mayor.

Although the filing deadline to run for mayor of New York is March 25, at least 40 candidates have officially declared their intention to run.

Coming in just behind Yang with 19 percent of support is Brooklyn Borough President and former New York Police Department Captain Eric Adams. The Brownsville neighborhood native has spoken at length about his intention to bridge the divide between minorities and the city's police force. Adams told National Public Radio in 2016 that his long road to becoming Brooklyn borough president, which included 22 years of serving with the NYPD, began after he was beaten by police as a teenager.

"If I was not a voice for change it would bother me," Adams said at the time.

Several local politicians and city officials with less national name recognition are also included in the NewsNation/Emerson poll. Former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Maya Wiley, has 9 percent of support. City comptroller Scott Stringer pulled in 6 percent of support and former Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia rounds of the top five mayoral hopefuls with 5 percent.

A poll conducted from March 4 to 6, after several women had already accused the Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment and state lawmakers started the impeachment process, showed he still had higher approval ratings than de Blasio, who is not running for re-election due to term limits.

Newsweek reached out to representatives for Yang's mayoral campaign Tuesday afternoon.

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New York City Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang at a press conference on January 14, 2021 in New York City, announcing his candidacy for mayor. Michael M. Santiago /Getty Images