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Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer Candidacies Embarrass New York City Voters: Poll

08/12/2013 08:56 am ET | Updated Aug 12, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. — A new poll shows that most New Yorkers watching Anthony Weiner (WEE'-nur) and Eliot Spitzer in political races dominated by sex scandals want to forget about them.

The Siena College poll finds that 68 percent of state voters and 62 percent of New York City voters are embarrassed by the national attention to the men's candidacies.

Sixteen percent of voters statewide say the attention is "no big deal." Just 8 percent find it entertaining.

Weiner is running for mayor and is dogged by a sexting scandal that drove him from Congress.

Spitzer seeks a comeback as city comptroller. He resigned as governor in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal.

The poll questioned 814 registered voters in the state from Aug. 4-7. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

The survey comes as Weiner makes his latest pitch to the city's voters in his first television ad of the campaign. In it, he tells voters that he's up against "powerful voices" that want him out of the race.

Weiner says he's come up with real ideas to improve the city, and suggests that focus on his past indiscretions is getting away from the issues he's attempting to highlight.

“If you give me the chance, I will fight for you and your family every single day,” he says.

Watch the ad:

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