December 20th, 2007
10:28 AM ET
10 years ago

Giuliani loses national lead, poll says

Giuliani and Romney are now tied nationally, a new poll says.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani has lost his once-comfortable lead among Republicans nationwide, according to a new poll out Wednesday night - a setback for the former New York City mayor, who has been banking on his national appeal to offset a potentially less-than-stellar performance in the early-voting states.

Giuliani stands at 20 percent in the new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll - a showing that puts him in a dead heat with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. In a similar poll taken six weeks ago, Giuliani held a 22-point lead over Romney.

Three other candidates also register double-digit national support - an indication the Republican presidential race continues to be wide open two weeks ahead of the official kickoff of the presidential primary season.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is at 17 percent, Arizona Sen. John McCain stands at 14 percent, and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson is at 11 percent.

On the Democratic side, the race seems to be less competitive nationally. New York Sen. Hillary Clinton is at 45 percent - two points fewer than where she was in a similar survey six weeks ago. Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is also down two points from the earlier poll, now at 23 percent. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards is at 13 percent, while the rest of field registers in the single digits.

Related video: New CNN Poll shows tight race in Iowa

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Marti, San Diego CA

    Take that Huck! Your run for Senior Class President may be coming to an end. Mr. Nice Guy only carries the day for so long.

    I have always said that as more and more people became familiar with Romney's long line of impressive accomplishments (in business, as governor and with the Olympics, his character, his leadership style, and his ability to bring people together to tackle big people came to understand how he is a PROVEN LEADER, that they would gradually gravitate toward his campaign.

    People love to attack how much money he has spent, but let's be honest. He didn't start out of the gate with all the name recognition that Giuliani or McCain did. He didn't start out already in bed with the Christian Conservatives. He *had* to spend money to get his point across. The other thing you have to ask yourself is this. If so many people have contributed because they think he's best equipped to lead this nation, what is he supposed to do with the money? They expect him to spend it to win and that's what he's doing.

    December 20, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Independent in IA

    Giuliani is finally being seen for the Snake-Oil Salesman he surely is at last.

    December 20, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Tom, San Leandro, CA

    Hey Mike, from Charlotte: Why did you ask 5 questions about how the poll was conducted if, by the way, polls are so freakin' worthless?

    December 20, 2007 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Karen Houston TX

    There is not a better candidate! Mitt is the perfect guy for:

    illegal immigration
    Streamlining government

    Romney 2008

    December 20, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Hey, what about 9/11...?

    9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11 9/11

    c'mon people

    December 20, 2007 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Patty Atlanta GA

    LDS has obviously cast a witchcraft spell on the USA. Wake up people...this man is a cult leader!

    December 20, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. Romney2008

    Patti –

    Thank you for your insightful and comical input. I find it astounding that one can be so ignorant and bigoted ALL in one post. Your post lends creditability to your IQ (negative correlation).

    This is the twentith century. Wasn't religious freedom granted hundreds of years ago?

    I am personally glad you won't be voting for Mitt. Wouldn't want to count you as someone in my party with that view point.

    December 20, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  8. Amanda, Concord, CA

    Romney has the qualities we need in our president after so much sleeze (Clinton) and poor decision making (Bush)!

    I clearly agree with Romney on the issue of pardons. Let the Judges Judge and the Governors Govern! Who was running Arkansas while Huck was pouring over 1000+ legal cases? Or was he not researching those life and death cases? This work is much better suited for attorneys and judges…it is the law by the way. If you want to be cleared of past crimes, TAKE YOUR CASE TO A JUDGE! Governors should be Governing! Romney did just that!

    December 21, 2007 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  9. Ajay Jain

    On December 11th 2007 Jack Cafferty, you say GOP "looking for inspiration". Nine days have gone by and now December 20th 2007 the GOP is still looking:

    Anyone can see the stark contrast in the two parties. The Democratic nomination is nationally wrapped up if you just ignore the EARLY states which is pre-2007 wisdom!!! SUPER DUPER TUESDAY will decide the nominee Hillary Clinton.

    The Republicans are still looking with no leading candidate in sight three weeks before IOWA that pundits / analysts say DECIDES the nominee...

    After the 2006 midterm election, I think Hillary couldn’t choose a more perfect year to run for president. The whole country is now leaning toward Democrats. People are just so unhappy and fed up with the Republican Party which has controlled the country for almost 8 years now. Any Democrats (yes even Hillary) has better chance to win 2008 presidency than any republican.

    I don’t see all these unhappy Americans who clearly want a change in direction in 2006 would vote for another republican again over Hillary.

    In 2006, we all saw a lot of good republicans lost their seats to some never-heard-before Democrats because of this effect.

    Go Hillary44 08!

    December 21, 2007 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  10. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    Hey Patti of Atlanta. Thank you for calling Mormons a cult. The early Christian Church was also called a cult at the time of Christ. I guess that could be considered a compliment.
    By the way, were you at the Southern Baptist Convention's anti-Mormon rally in Salt Lake City in 1998 also, where Huckabee was reported to have been one of the keynotes speakers? Oh! Also, have you ever attempted to feel how sharp the horns are on Donny and Marie Osmond? Or how about Gladys Knight's?
    (Maybe the rest of our country should pray that paranoid dupes like you be raptured into a corner of the room of the voting booth during the elections, so that only intellegent people will be allowed to vote!!!)

    December 21, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. M., Boston, Ma

    You disciples of Slick Willy 2 need to learn that considering only one poll of the many is inaccurate. Go to to see all the many polls averaged for a better indication of what's really happening.

    December 21, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Alan

    The best man for the job is Mitt. Based on the psychological power of :
    1. Dressing for sucess and 2. People judge you by the way you speak.
    Obama is ahead of Clinton in Iowa because of #2
    Clinton lost because of the same reason.
    Giuliani would do better if he would not talk so fast and stutter.
    Huckabee won Iowa because of #2. Mitt would have won if he he wouldn't have spoken like a kid pointing out others' weaknesses instead of focusing on his own strengths.
    On today's debate Mitt sounded more in control and huckabee on the defensive.
    Mitt looked presidential...........
    GO MITT !!!

    January 7, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
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