November 1st, 2007
08:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Clinton v. Giuliani: Who beats whom?

Does Giuliani have an advantage over Clinton? It depends on the poll.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Who holds the advantage if the two leading presidential candidates from both parties become the eventual nominees?

Two polls out Wednesday offer differing answers.

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani would best New York Sen. Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head match up, 45 to 43 percent. Meanwhile a Pew Poll out Wednesday reports a different result, showing Clinton with an 8 point lead over Giuliani, 51 to 43 percent.

It's not entirely clear why the polls show such different results, though Pew conducted their survey earlier in the month than Quinnipiac and included a larger sample size. Pew's poll surveyed 2,007 Americans from October 17-23 while Quinnipiac surveyed 1,636 from October 23-29. Pew's poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent and Quinnipiac’s margin of error is 2.4 percent

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. Paul,Wilkes Barre, PA

    Thomas in St. Pete....for whom DO you vote then? Someone on the GOP side? Is Giuliani really your ideal Catholic candidate?

    November 1, 2007 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. Ivy, Columbia, SC

    What about HuckabeeMcCain ticket. I believe they will unite the military and conservative base. Huckabee was not scared to address the minority. he was not scared to address the AARP. He is the ony true social and fiscal conservative that can have a successful run against any of the democrats

    November 1, 2007 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Matt, Pennsylvania

    Clearly, Giuliani is the choice over Hillary. Giuliani may support continuing the Iraq war until the end of time. He may also be a deplorable person. But at least he will end earmarks and pork barrel spending, reduce the federal government and all the waste and inefficiency associated with it, and will not grant amnesty OR driver's licenses to illegals.

    Vote for Hillary 'take money from individuals for their own good' Clinton and see the economy end up like a Communist bloc country. At least with Giuliani you won't be seeing all you worked for taken away and given to welfare mom's and illegal immigrants.

    November 1, 2007 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Paul, Wilkes Barre, PA

    I'm sure Giuliani will end earmark spending just like Bush did in his first six years when he didn't veto a single spending bill put up by his GOP Congress. Six years straight with record budgets? The GOP spends just as much except it's on projects they like rather than what the Dems like. Difference is the hypocrisy on the GOP side...

    November 1, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Richard, Ewing, NJ

    If these two really get to general election, Clinton will probably lose. For a long time, I thought she will win, but the more I think about it the more I think she will lose. Yes, she has more national political experience than Giuliani and she will probably have more campaign money and more media coverage. However, her performance in the last Democratic debate really shows her weakness. She has taken too many different positions. I am not talking about switching positions in a matter of years. She switchs positions in a matters of weeks and days. In fact, John Edwards was correct in the last debate, she literally took two opposite positions in a matter of two minutes. At the end, it is much easier to bring down the image of Hillary Clinton than Rudy Giuliani. Some will say Giuliani supports an unpopular war, but that is not enough to take him down. If it is, he won't be running neck to neck with Clinton, so does John McCain vs Clinton. In fact, people should look at it the other way. Guiliani despite supporting an unpopular war still manage to run neck to neck with Hillary, which mean aside the war, he is certainly more popular than Clinton. In short, when teh campaign run into the "character attack mode", she will impode. We all know through out all general election, presidental candiates always start off with positive image and ends up with negative image. She will not survive.

    November 1, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Rick Theile, San Ramon, CA

    Guiliani would be more dangerous then Bush and Clinton would be a huge mistake if she was elected. She would be a do nothing President and she cannot be trusted.

    Think Ron Paul.

    He is the only candidate who actually speaks the truth about our disfunctional government and he is the only one who would make a positive change in government unlike all the other crooks in this race. Think about it. Ron Paul gets all his donations from the American people. The others get theirs from special interests. Who do you think they will be working for. Not the American People. This is not brain science.

    November 1, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. H. Tamir, Miami, Florida

    I lived in New York city, in the Giuliani days as well as clinton's.
    What Giuliani did for New York, proved his capability, skill, and genius.
    Not only because of September 11, but for everything he had done up until that point.

    November 1, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. David Baltimore, MD

    Google Ron Paul.

    November 1, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Lianette, Arlington, Texas

    I don't think Guiliani will be the Republican nominee. If he is, he will not be even close to Clinton in the election. His personla lifestyle as far as marriage is concern, is so worst that he will be in power, he will dumped ended up dicorcing his wife and make every possible reasons to do so. Just look what happened from all his previous marriages. He will take advantage of being in power and try to attract new prospects. All he did anyway was to used the September 11 for his existence. That's what happened to this adminstration. Their agenda: September 11 and war. They did for the country? I don't think so. Anyway, I don't want to remind myself about the war in Iraq, all those that were killed due to the war. So far, Clinton is the best fit for the Presidency among other candidates. We the people of the United States are smarter than ever now regarding voting. We showed it during the elections for the Senate and the House. Whatever happened in the past, we look forward to the future of our country. I am very proud of all the soldiers who risks their lives, whom my son is one of them. We just need to move on. The Democrats need to clean up this current situation of our country. And I know it will take time.

    November 1, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. lianette, Arlington, Texas

    Fortunately, Ms. Clinton kept focusing on her agenda. That's how it go She really is very intelligent. The men thought that being Clinton a woman, they can scare her or punch her of their tricks. Ms. Clinton, knew their tricks. They want to be recognized and try to get her out of being on top, they cannot stop her. People are smarter now than ever. Believe me.....women is as smart as men. Hillary will win.

    November 1, 2007 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Tommy Healy, Bogota NJ

    Enough already with the polls. Who are these polled people anyway? Sitting around answering phone calls and doing polls, are you kidding me? I have never been polled and don't know anyone who has. Maybe I should quit my job, sit by the phone, order a pizza and Coors lt and wait to be polled!?. Unbelievable. No wonder these polls always deliver bad news, these people are lonely and miserable.

    November 1, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Steve, Eugene, OR

    Rudy will ultimately have to answer for his record as NYC mayor, including the conduct of his police officers while he was in office. Remember Amadou Diallo? The unarmed African immigrant who was shot 19 times by NYPD officers while leaving his apartment? Apparently, he was reaching for his wallet - a crime punishable by death if you're a black man in Giuliani's New York. Or what about Abner Louima, the Haitian immigrant who was brutally sodomized with the handle of a plunger in an NYPD police station? That happened under Rudy's watch as well. When will people start asking these questions? Do we really want this man to be president? The notion scares the living daylights out of me.

    November 1, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. jw, canadian,ok

    Do you think for one minute, Hillary would not tear Rudy a new one on the campaign trail. This guy, much like our current doofus, can not put a complete sentence together off the cuff.

    November 1, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. summus

    I'm tired of these national polls- they mean nothing- Guiliani can't get the nomination because he's a liberal. The Christian right will never let him in. The polling in the primaries for every state shows this. The media is trying to push this Guiliani v. Clinton thing.

    November 1, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. christian, selden, ny

    if republicans win the next election this country will fall....without any doubt it will be our final downfall! there is NO WAY TO STOP TERRORISM!!!! no matter how many soldiers you use. guerilla warfare is almost impossible to defeat...and when you fight harder its like throwing gas over fire. we are doing aweful and unfortunetaly its out kids who will see the true impact of what is happening and i am someone that really cares about my son's and other childrens future i will leave this country if republicans win because there will be no coming back from that we are at the tipping point....

    November 1, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Artur, NYC, NY

    Whoever keeps bashing Giuliani and supporting Clinton is completely ignorant. First of all let me begin with Rudy. The man cleaned up one of the greatest cities in the world and turned it into what it is today. He reduced crime, cleaned the city up, built a huge surplus, and created many more jobs for people. The man has experience and accomplishments, if you disagree please read the facts. Hillary on the other hand is a flip-flopper that would turn our country into a socialist welfare state run by feminists. The woman obviously has no respect for human life (strong stance for abortion)and wants to make everything available to the poor through the government. Things like health care can be attained in different means. The government never promised to provide health care services to the people but rather have it available so that they may seek it. Read Giuliani's plan and see which solution to health care is more reasonable in a country like ours which is run by a CAPITALIST ideology. Even Democratic candidates bash Hillary, not only because she is a threat but because she is popular only because of her husband. Everything she says is vague and she never elaborates on her ideas or keeps one position. I understand that Giuliani is also "pro choice" and has been inconsistent on the issue. He has however made it clear that he would appoint strict judges that would work on a way to solve the question of abortion.

    November 1, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Jared

    Rudy will in the end win the election if the people of the USA want a true leader they will vote for Giullani.

    November 1, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. Lyle Adams, Spokane, WA

    First Guliani has to win republican nomination. All the democrats want him to win. Secondly, most of the conservatives do not know his positions on many issues concerning their platform. Once they know, where he stands, they are not going to vote for him. And, lastly Hillary will chew him on the national debate. People are definitely prefer Bill as the first man vs Judith as first lady. If not, then this country is looser. Four more years of same old misery.

    November 1, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Scott, Boston MA

    I was thinking about voting for Clinton, but she never answers a tough, direct question.

    I'm not a big Giuliani fan, but at least he appears on TV shows that are un-friendly to the Republicans, and answers tough questions and gives a firm stance on the issues he believes in.

    November 1, 2007 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. DANNY C TN

    Two words. RON PAUL. But go ahead and let the media make your minds up for you. They wouldnt have it any other way. RON PAUL 08'
    One of MANY MANY supporters of Dr. Paul. PEACE TO YOU ALL

    November 1, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Billy J Austin,TX

    We have much better choices than either of these candidates. I don't believe that the majority of the general electorate wants either of these folks.

    November 1, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Vegas,Westminter Ca

    Hey, I could be a democrat GOP candidate all I have to do is bash Bush. Here is my pesentation; Bush lies, Bush kills people......uurrrh what eles do I have to get me elected...Bush failed policies....uurrhh oh and I don't have a solution for that so if you guys think I can win the Democrat GOP debate please respond.

    November 1, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Jeff, Chicago, IL

    It's not clear who wins in Clinton-Giuliani matchup, but it's obvious who loses: the American people.

    If our choice is between these two idiots, there's no hope for America getting back on track. Might as well tear up the Constitution and make it official.

    November 1, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Doug, New Jersey

    How most liberal democrats who support Hillary and Dems think:

    "Since anyone who cannot see Hillary would be the best President is clearly insane, and since insane people should not be allowed to vote, why do we need to have an election?"

    This is not how moderate Americans feel at all, in fact they despise people like this. Only a liberal democrat can be so hateful, partisan, and elitist to think that all Americans who don't think exactly as they do shouldn't be allowed to vote. Sure the lib democrats will say that I'm insane, but I feel that the lib who wants to end elections and put restrictions on who can vote based on ideology is the insane one. If we were to put restrictions on who can vote (a lib democrat idea), then wouldn't it be more appropriate to not do it by ideology but based upon who is contributing to our society and who is a leach that lives off of other people's hard work? (If we only allowed the givers to vote and not allow the takers (welfare recipients) to vote, then no democrat would ever be elected again) That would be fairer than only allowing lib elitists and their entitlement class drones to vote. Since I'm not a liberal democrat I want all Americans who are not felons to be able to vote, but I'm the intolerant one, right?

    November 1, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. Doug, New Jersey

    "People are smarter now than ever. Believe me…..women is as smart as men. Hillary will win."


    November 1, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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