Andrew Yang reportedly named in a New York City mayoral poll, fuelling speculation he may run on a 3rd-party line in 2021

Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesA supporter at a May 14, 2019, rally in New York City with a sign supporting Andrew Yang’s proposal for a $US1,000 monthly universal basic income.
  • A new poll for the New York City mayoral race included the former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, according to Politico.
  • Yang was said to be listed in an online poll gauging enthusiasm for a third-party candidate in the Big Apple in 2021.
  • He reportedly appeared alongside 10 other candidates expected to compete in the Democratic primary to succeed Mayor Bill de Blasio.
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Amid ongoing speculation over his political future, the former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang appeared in an online poll about the coming New York City mayoral race.

First reported by Politico, the poll is said to have included Yang as both a third-party and Democratic option.

A few New York City politicians have already entered the race, with Yang remaining a possible late entrant depending on whether he gets a position in the Biden administration or pursues other avenues.

A spokesman for Yang did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

Results for the poll were unavailable following the Politico report on Monday.

Politico cited an unnamed person who took the poll as saying the poll did not disclose ties to Yang but seemed designed at least in part to test his candidacy in particular.

For example, the poll was said to have asked respondents about some Yang-specific items, such as a universal basic income of $US1,000 a month, a cornerstone of his presidential campaign.

There was also a description of an unnamed candidate, described by Politico as “a political outsider, entrepreneur, nonprofit leader, and, more specifically, the 2012 recipient of Obama’s ‘Champion of Change’ award,” which Yang won that year.

The poll was run on SurveyMonkey and marketed in Facebook ads to Manhattanites, according to Politico.

Should Yang run as an independent, he would be able to skip the crowded Democratic primary and focus on the general election next November.

Back in February, as Yang’s presidential campaign closed up shop the night of the New Hampshire primary, Yang’s campaign manager, Zach Graumann, was coy when asked by Insider about a mayoral run.

“Andrew Yang would bring a lot of different types of voters and excitement to anything he does,” Graumann said. “As a Democrat, I hope the party looks at what we did and what Andrew’s done for future elections and races.”

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