Anthony Weiner said Thursday that he had exchanged lewd messages with up to three woman since resigning from Congress in 2011, as poll numbers showed the mayoral candidate dropping almost 10 points since news of the first of those post-resignation exchanges came to light Wednesday.
Asked at a Thursday press conference the total number of women he has exchanged inappropriate messages with, Weiner said: "It's not dozens and dozens. It is six to ten, I suppose. But I can't tell you absolutely what someone else is going to consider inappropriate or not."
At a campaign appearance at a soup kitchen in Flatbush. Weiner was asked by NY1 whether he views his behavior as an addiction. He said he does not.
"I don't believe that it is," he said. "The people that I am working with don't believe that it is."
In the meantime, the website that broke the story of Weiner's most recent messaging has now published uncensored photographs that it says are of Weiner's genitals.
The new revelations, though, were not compelling Weiner to hold back from taking a shot at his rival, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, in response to her remark that Weiner has exhibited consistently poor judgment.
"Look, you can question my judgment." he said. "(But) I didn't lie to the people of the city of New York and say I wasn't going to overturn term limits."
Against this backdrop, a new NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll indicates that the latest revelations have caused Weiner's popularity to slip.
The poll is the first one to sample voters since Weiner acknowledged Wednesday that he had sent women illicit messages following his 2011 resignation from Congress. It shows that Weiner now has the support of 16 percent of registered Democrats, down from 25 percent in last month's NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll.
The poll also indicates that just 30 percent of registered Democrats view Weiner favorably, while 55 percent view Weiner unfavorably.
Weiner was viewed favorably by 52 percent of registered Democrats and unfavorably by 36 percent in last month's poll.
The clearest beneficiary of the change was Quinn, whose percentage among registered Democrats went from 20 percent in June to 25 percent among voters who responded to the latest poll.
There was also good news for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who is now in a statistical tie for second place with Weiner and former Comptroller William Thompson. De Blasio and Thompson each have the support of 14 percent of registered Democrats. It's the best showing de Blasio has made in the polls.
The NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll's margin of error is +/- 4.2 percent.
A separate poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, indicates that Scott Stringer is closer to Eliot Spitzer in the Democratic primary race for City Comptroller.
The Quinnipiac poll has Spitzer in the lead among likely voters in the Democratic primary with 49 percent of the vote, while Stringer has 45 percent of the vote.
The margin of error in that poll is +/- 2.7 percent.