Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has laid low since her November loss to President Donald Trump.
But shortly after her loss, rumors began swirling in New York that the former secretary of state was considering a mayoral run in New York City. In fact, Clinton has been pressed by some New York Democrats to challenge New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a fellow Democrat who is facing re-election this year in the face of declining approval ratings.
Clinton hasn’t made a public announcement one way or the other. But it appears New Yorkers are very clear on where they stand on the proposition of having a “Mayor Clinton.”
According to a new poll from Rasmussen, only 23 percent of likely New York City voters want Clinton to run for mayor, while an overwhelming 58 percent said they don’t want to see her run. Nineteen percent said they weren’t sure where they stood.
Despite the lack of enthusiasm for a Clinton mayorship, New Yorkers would take her over de Blasio, according to a late January poll. The hypothetical matchup showed Clinton would win big over de Blasio as an independent candidate.
The bad news for de Blasio doesn’t end there. According to the New York Times, de Blasio’s biggest Republican challenger, real estate developer Paul J. Massey Jr., has out-fundraised him in the last six months.
Still, if Clinton wants to run for mayor, she has a few more months to mull her options. The filing deadline for the Democratic primary is July 1.
The Rasmussen poll surveyed 1,000 likely New York City voters from March 2-5. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points.