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It’d be a crime if NYC’s next mayor is not the anti-de Blasio: Goodwin

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With apologies to Mark Twain, there is reason to hope the reports of New York City’s death are premature.

The hope comes from a poll showing a near-majority of likely voters in the Democrats’ primary say crushing crime is Job No. 1 for the next mayor. Granted, that shouldn’t be a surprise in light of the gruesome tally of murder and mayhem.

But the results are uplifting because too many people in Gotham, especially Democrats, have been slow to understand how pervasive the crime and disorder are and how they are jeopardizing the city’s recovery from the pandemic. Many with bleeding hearts have convinced themselves the gunslingers and gangbangers are guilty only of making misguided cries for help.

Against that tide of delusion, it counts as very good news that 46 percent of respondents tell NY1/Ipsos pollsters that stopping the violence must be the next mayor’s top priority.

Welcome to the real world.

The next step in the sensible voters’ approach logically follows — Eric Adams tops the candidate field in the poll because he is promising to be forceful in combatting crime. A retired cop himself, Adams is seen as having the credibility to keep the promise.

He gets just 22 percent, but that is good enough to put him in front by six points over Andrew Yang and seven over Kathryn Garcia. Interestingly, NY1 goes the extra step of simulating results based on what respondents say about their additional picks in the ranked-choice system, and concludes Adams would ultimately prevail.

It is possible that some of Adams’ support might come from the fact that he also has been a fierce critic of the NYPD. As Heather Mac Donald points out in the City Journal, that background means he is not universally........

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