Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis has often cited her gender and ethnicity as giving her an advantage over past Republican candidates, saying that those characteristics give her an opening to female and hispanic voters. A Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday says that’s not really the case, at least not so far.
The Q poll shows support for Malliotakis among women and hispanics as lower than her overall support. In a two-way race against Mayor de Blasio Malliotakis drew 22% support overall, but only 19% and 15% from women and hispanic voters, respectively. In a three-way race that includes Bo Dietl Malliotakis’ support similarly fell off with women and hispanic voters, at 11% and 9%, respectively, from her overall 15% support.
Here’s what Malliotakis had to say today at a City Hall press conference about her polling weakness with these groups: