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She knows how to pick up the trash — and support, as well.
Former city Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia has shot to the top of the heap in a new poll of the candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for mayor.
Garcia garners the support of 21 percent of Democratic voters — a point ahead of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who gets 20 percent backing, according to the WPIX 11/Emerson College poll.
Andrew Yang is in third place with 16 percent of the vote, followed by Comptroller Scott Stringer with 10 percent, former City Hall legal counsel and former MSNBC personality Maya Wiley at 9 percent and Dianne Morales with 7 percent.
Former Obama housing secretary Shaun Donovan received 5 percent backing and retired Citigroup executive Ray McGuire 2 percent.
Nine percent of respondents were still undecided with the June 22 primary approaching.
The key takeaway is that Garcia’s support has more than doubled from 8 percent in a prior PIX11/ Emerson College poll released just last week to 21 percent.
She has gained momentum after winning endorsements from the New York Times, political leaders and Democratic clubs.
But she’s also clearly taken support from Stringer after a former campaign volunteer accused the city comptroller of sexual misconduct, a claim he has denied.
Last week, the largest Democratic club on the Upper East Side ditched Stringer for Garcia.
“Garcia picked up support not only from Stringer backers but from the undecided voters who’ve shifted to her,” said Spencer Kimball, director of the Emerson College Poll.
The text, phone and online survey of 600 expected primary voters — which has a 4 percentage-point margin of error — shows Garcia pulling an astonishing 45 percent support from white voters in an eight-person race.
Adams’ support remained stable from a week ago, going from 18 percent to 20 percent. He has the support of about one-third of the black voters and one-quarter of Hispanics.
Yang’s support also remained stable from last week, after dropping by half from a prior WPIX 11/Emerson College poll in March.
But Stringer’s support sank from 15 percent to 10 percent in one week.
Based on current support, the pollsters conducted simulated ranked choice voting and found Garcia prevailing over Adams 55 percent to 45 percent when all the other candidates were eliminated and voters’ ranked choices choices were passed to the remaining two candidates.
“We saw this bubbling in the last poll with the movement toward undecided voters and both Garcia and Morales looked to be on the move,” Kimball said.
“It appears Garcia caught the momentum but it will be interesting if she can maintain it, so far both Yang and Stringer have led but dropped,” the pollster said.
“Adams has been the most solid, kind of reminds me of Mitt Romney in 2012 and Biden in 2020 where in the primaries there were lots of fluctuations but both were the conventional choices and emerged at the end, wondering if that will happen with Adams or if Garcia is stronger than the others.”
The poll asked a larger sample of 895 voters of all stripes what they thought the most pressing issues were. Thirty percent of respondents combined said crime and police reform were most important, while another 29 percent combined cited housing and homelessness as major concerns.
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