“For the other candidates,” he added, “that really gives this discussion to Adams.”
A NY1 Ipsos survey The study, released Monday, found that 46 percent of likely Democratic voters viewed crime and public safety as a top priority for the next mayor. A staggering 72 percent said they tend to agree or strongly that the police should put more officers on the streets.
A quarter of the likely voters polled said they were more progressive than the Democratic Party. Almost the same proportion, 22 percent, said they were more centrist or conservative. Slightly more than half described themselves as “generally in line with the Democratic Party”, which has moved significantly to the left overall in recent years.
Regardless of the primary outcomes, party strategists warn against drawing far-reaching conclusions from a post-pandemic local democratic competition that is likely to be a low-turnout issue.
Still, the city elections have been important barometers of basic energy in recent years, including the 2019 Queens Prosecutor’s race in which Tiffany L. Cabán, who ran for Democratic Socialist, nearly defeated Melinda Katz, a veteran of New York politics, defeat.
In this year’s race for the Manhattan Attorney General, at least three contenders tried to emulate Ms. Cabán. But the three – Tahanie Aboushi, Eliza Orlins, and Dan Quart – struggle to gain support. A more moderate candidate, Tali Farhadian Weinstein, led the way on fundraising, including $ 8.2 million in donations she recently made to her own campaign and the few polls available.
Tensions on the left erupted in public when Zephyr Teachout, a candidate for governor in 2014, quarreled on Twitter that Mr. Quart, Mrs. Orlins, and Mrs. Aboushi had no road to victory.
That pulled a sharp answer by Cynthia Nixon, who challenged Governor Andrew M. Cuomo from left in the 2018 primary, and supports Ms. Aboushi. (Ms. Teachout supports Alvin Bragg, a former prosecutor who has also won the support of progressive groups.)