While he has never publicly expressed an interest in running, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is a top choice to be the next mayor.
According to a new Quinnipiac University Poll, he has the support of 23 percent of city voters in an early look at the 2013 mayoral race.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn comes in second with 18 percent, followed by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and City Comptroller John Liu.
If Kelly was not in the race, 23-percent of voters say they would back Quinn.
The poll was conducted from July 19th to the 25th with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.