November 1st, 2007
08:00 AM ET
10 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. Craig Louisville

    Two points 1st Hillary has and will have a HUGE amount of money advantage over any Republican. (Right now she has more then Giuliani, McCain, and Multiple Choice Mitt combined!!) 2nd as Charlie Cook said a few months back I have a better chance of winning the Tour De France then Giuliani does at winning the republican notation because of the Christian Identity leg of the Republican Party. That’s a shame because as a life time liberal I would consider voting for Giuliani over Hillary. It will be Mitt vs Hillary and Mitt will only carry the deep south and the handful of states out west.

    November 1, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Lets say I wanted Hillary to win....I would call the blind faithful of Hillary (aka...illiterate) – people like Greg Boon...viola! Hillary would be the front runner....but....if I wanted a true poll...then it would be truly blind...and polls are meanless anyway...(well...except the one that shows Giuliani winning that is)

    November 1, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Gene Ehle----Mcfarland, Wi

    After watching the last two debates, Guiliani has a new ally in his quest for the nomination–Tim Russert who was as nasty and sarcastic as I can remember in his blasting Sen. Clinton dripping with drunken spite and spittle.

    November 1, 2007 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Mike

    Hillary v Rudy I wouldn't vote for either of those clowns.

    November 1, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. matthew, tallahassee, florida

    National polls don't even matter, the electoral college decides the winner.

    When you look at state by state results, its very favorable for Hillary.

    Hillary wins every state Kerry won plus Florida, Iowa, New Mexico, West Virginia, Arkansas.

    Plus shs is winning or tied in Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Missouri, Tennesee, North Carolina.

    Seriously, she could pick up close to 400 electoral votes.

    National polls dont matter

    November 1, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. Gary, NYC

    Giuliani will win, getting tired of the Clintons and their BS thru out the years.I have no problem about a woman President but at this time Clinton is the wrong choice. She's great at covering her rearend but the USA is just a little bigger

    November 1, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Wallace, Chicago IL

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

    Posted By lianette, Arlington, Texas : November 1, 2007 12:30 pm
    "People are smarter now than ever. Believe me…..women is as smart as men. Hillary will win."


    Posted By Doug, New Jersey

    Doug, New Jersey –

    That was classic!


    November 1, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Craig, Seattle, WA

    We are at war. We are involved in an UNJUST war based on false pretenses and astronomical costs. Now how do you think this is paid for?.. TAXES!.. How do you think the "tax rebate" some time ago is paid for?.. BORROWED MONEY FROM CHINA which will have to PAID BACK. People – get your heads out of the sand. This is yet again about picking the best of two evils. The lesser is the Democrat whoever it is. We've had nearly two terms of an idiot running the country INTO THE GROUND. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!.. If Hillary gets the nomination, she will get my vote.

    November 1, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 If theres one thing that 9/11 has taught us is that... ummm I forgot... 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11

    November 1, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Steven Stewart, Portland, Oregon

    Can't we do anything but bicker at each other? I mean I want a Clinton/Obama ticktet but I am not going to thrust my belief down other peoples throats. Do we really have much power after all due to electoral system? We are running the course to a Roman like collapse every societial expression shows us that. Lets be nice to each other please, we need reforms but we can do it with kindness. Oh and all you Ron Paul people, your admirable, I wish there was a way for there to be more important parties beside the two...

    November 1, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Chicago, IL

    Either of those two would be an absolute tragedy for this country. We need to re-invent the political wheel and either of those candidates would just give us more of the same crap. I'd like to see Steven Colbert vs. Ron Paul... now there would be a good election.

    November 1, 2007 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. bean counter, Motor City, MI

    Oh, good it is a year away from the actual election and I hadn't seen poll for about 1 day.

    I can't understand the attraction to Hillary. She flips flops weekly (or more frequently as shown in the debate on Monday), she has never been in charge of anything and half the people can't stand her.

    Lets see...Rudy turned NYC around and tells the religious right to go pound sand. Romney turned the Olympics around, Edwards has a cause and Obama connects with people.

    Hillary has no resume, but only the typical political rhetoric that we should all be tired of. Doesn't it "take a village" to get anything done in DC? I just love hearing all these thing Senators say they will do once President. I guess they can't be bothered to do anything while just some lowly member of the Senate.

    November 1, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. Barbara R. Doyle Cape Coral, FL

    Hey H. Tamir
    I also am a former New Yorker who lived under the Guiliani reign. He DID NOT reduce crime in NYC. Bill Bratton,
    the former Police Commissioner, did . Bratton lost his job because of Rudy's childish jealousy. That id why I hate Republicans. They take credit for everything and blame for nothing/

    November 1, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Jose Rodriguez, Hackettstown, NJ

    The poles are not a reflection of what the amjority of our country thinks. Hillary Clinton is a disaster in the making and making her the victor would ne the end of America and its freedom. Vote Republican and save the American way.

    November 1, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Brandon Saint Peters Missouri

    Either way, the American people lose. . . . . . . . What happened to allow two identical candidates to run against each other? Republicans and Democrats alike should be ashamed.

    November 1, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. P. Sherman, Ontario Canada

    Mrs. Clinton would be a hands down better President than Giuliani any time. Rudy has decided that the only thing he can talk about is 9/11 and that is his main claim to fame. Where are all the media reminders of the disasters of 9/11 where the rescue workers were told the air was safe and now thousands are suffering, or Rudy not doing anything about the communication systems earlier so the police and fire rescuers could communicate on that day, or putting the response centre in the wrong place after being advised not to? Or how about the memos just out that he says he knew all about ALQaida before 9/11 and then it seems he didn't, or when asked about things he tells people to go ask others because he doesn't know about it? How about his judgement in putting forth Bernie Kerick for Homeland Security Head? How about him saying he would quit his job months ago yet he is still working? How about the reports of his misleading advertising about cancer rates in Britain? How about being so sarcastic that he says Clinton or Obama are trying to decide whether to invite Ahmadinijean or Osamma to the inaugural ball or the inauguration? Is this what the world and the US needs or wants for another 4 years? Calls to invade yet another country from a "tough guy" when your military are stretched to almost the breaking point now? I know I certainly don't wish to have another republican succeed into the White House if it means another needless war for the whole world to endure just because someone wants to flex his muscles and say he's the toughest guy on the block. Funny also how republicans complained about the Clinton marriage yet they seem to be willing to overlook the multiple marriages of a possible republican candidate...or do marriage issues matter only depending on which party you belong to?

    November 1, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    This is VERY VERY bad for Hillary and the Dem's.

    With the built-in advantage they have going into this election (Iraq, Christian Conservative hesitancy to vote for Rudy, etc.) they should be WAY WAY further ahead than this.

    Throw in her disasterous performance in the Philly debate and you have situation that is not looking good at all for Team Hillary.

    November 1, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. Tom, Flagstaff AZ

    If we Dems want to win, we'd better find someone other than Hillary. She is more vulnerable than Edwards, Obama, Dodd, Biden, or Richardson. There are reasons people do not trust her. And there is one very big reason the Republicans promote her–so they can win.

    November 1, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. JFK, PHX, AZ

    I will take Hillary any day over Rudy Giuliani. We do not need another politician pandering to the far right. I look at it as hiring who is best qualified for the job. Hillary comes with 8 years experience of being in the trenches and has the guts to do the job. I do not see that in Giuliani who is running for a party so out of touch with reality.

    November 1, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. Brian Harrisburg, PA

    It's obvious to me that among the candidates, Dennis Kucinich is the least ashamed of being a Liberal, and Ron Paul is least ashamed of being a Conservative. If the party members voted on who really represents the basic tenets of their party, these would obviously be the two candidates who would be nominated. Unfortunately the vast majority of any party's members find many reasons to disagree. Both Kucinich and Paul have consistently voted against all the Iraq resolutions, and each seems to understand that we need to seriously change course if our problems are going to find resolution. Unfortunately, neither of these candidates has a prayer of getting his party's nomination. We will be left to choosing between two candidates who are part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

    November 1, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    The truth is Giuliani is less impressive in person than he does in the polls. This points that to know Giuliani well is to hate him, and there are lots of people outside new york city yet to know him well.

    His speeches are poorly prepared and convoluted, and he is given to silly gimmicks, such as stopping in mid-speech to the NRA to take calls from his wife on his cell-phone, and that was the second time his wife called him during his speech, presumably showing their happy married life.

    November 1, 2007 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Hillary wins every state Kerry won plus Florida, Iowa, New Mexico, West Virginia, Arkansas.

    Plus shs is winning or tied in Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Missouri, Tennesee, North Carolina.

    Posted By matthew, tallahassee, florida : November 1, 2007 2:31 pm

    Hillary will be the next president if she will win just one more state than John Kerry in 2004. Her chance looks pretty good so far.

    November 1, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. Jody Reno, Nevada

    Hillary will trounce Rudy.

    Biden was right, all Rudy can come up with in any of his speeches is a noun, a verb and 9/11.

    I can't believe there are people who actually believe this man is a viable candidate.

    Hillary 2008, Yeah Baby!

    November 1, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  24. Scott M. McKinney, TX

    2 big mistakes in this article: first, it is mathematically impossible for the poll of 1,636 people to have a smaller margin of error than the poll of 2,007 people; second, why is Guiliani being featured when the pro-Guiliani poll puts him only 2 points above Clinton, whereas the pro-Clinton poll puts her 8 points above Guiliani? And they claim the media has a LIBERAL bias? Give me a break!

    November 1, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  25. Buddy, Metter, GA

    Anymore, it's not who wins between candidates. The American people lose either way because the quality of the rich "frontrunners" are so poor in both major parties. UGH!

    November 1, 2007 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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