NEW YORK, N.Y. (WPIX) -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg should have no problem coasting right into a third term in office. According to a new survey, most voters don't even know who the two democratic challengers are.
In the eye-opening report conducted by the Daily News most New Yorkers couldn't even identify each mayoral candidate.
"They look familiar. I've seen them, but I can't remember their names," said Dorothey Sanders, 49, a cook from Brownsville. That was the typical response from most of the people randomly chosen.
Just 20 of those surveyed managed to recognized Thompson, while Weiner who finished second in the Democratic mayoral primary in 2005, did slightly better with 29 able to identify him.
It should be noted, three people confused Rep. Weiner with former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey.
"That's Spitzer," asserted Juliette Cornelius 35, a saleswoman from Crown Heights, referring to disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York. "No, wait, it's the gay governor from New Jersey - McGreevey."
A Quinnipiac University poll released last week found 54% of voters didn't know enough about Weiner to form an opinion of him, while 69% said they didn't know Thompson. In contrast, only 3% had no opinion of Bloomberg.
With the democratic primaries slated for September 2009, the candidates only have a couple of months to get their faces, and names for the matter, out there.