November 19th, 2009
04:23 PM ET
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Poll: Giuliani on top in possible 2010 Senate showdown

Poll: Giuliani on top in possible 2010 Senate showdown.
Poll: Giuliani on top in possible 2010 Senate showdown.

(CNN) – A new poll of New York state voters indicates Rudy Giuliani leads incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in a hypothetical Senate race.

According to a Marist College survey released Thursday afternoon, 54 percent of registered voters in New York support the former New York City mayor for Senate, with four in 10 backing Gillibrand, a Democratic congresswoman from upstate New York who was appointed to fill Hillary Clinton's former Senate seat. Gillibrand is running in 2010 to serve the final two years of Clinton's term.

The poll indicates that Giuliani would top former New York State Gov. George Pataki 71 percent to 24 percent in a hypothetical Republican Senate primary next year. In September, Pataki wouldn't say if he was interested in making a bid for the senate seat held by Gillibrand. Earlier this year, fellow Republican Rep. Peter King officially announced that he would not challenge Gillbrand next year.

According to the poll, Giuliani leads Gillibrand overwhelmingly among registered Republicans, tops her by 14 points among independents, and trails her by 26 points among registered Democrats. The survey indicates that New York City voters are divided between Giuliani and Gillibrand.


The Marist College poll was conducted November 12, 16 and 17, with 805 registered New York state voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

The poll's release comes as a spokeswoman for Giuliani says the former mayor has not made up his mind about running for New York governor next year. Maria Comella was responding to a Thurday New York Times report that quoted unnamed sources saying Giuliani had decided not to run for New York governor in 2010.

There's speculation that if Giuliani decided against a run for governor, he might consider making a bid for the Senate. Top New York Republicans have reportedly urged Giuliani to run for the Senate in 2010.

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. I pay my taxes

    RUDY!!!! He's the exact type of person we need in the US Senate.

    November 19, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    Question for the Republicans...

    ...do the voices in your head make you feel like you have a crowd behind you? I know those nutjobs that were into the Ron Paul revolution kepts saying they had a lot of support. I guess when you're insane and hear voices, you actually may think you have a crowd of one.

    November 19, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. They call me "tater salad"

    Rudy's vocabulary consists of a noun, a verb, and 9/11!...........NEXT!!!!!

    November 19, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. katiec

    Well, with Guillani making all his ignorant, outrageous remarks, and the media constantly giving him undeserved attention, figured this
    egomaniac was planning on running for something.
    Heaven help New York and our country if this idiot gets elected.

    November 19, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. john

    With all of the crap he been spitting for the past year he is better off running for principal of a school because he dont even know that he has kill all of his chances for any public office being so negative every interview he gets.

    November 19, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Republicans are the American Taliban

    So Giuliani is in the lead in a make believe race?

    November 19, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. Donnatella

    I don't think so, he will never be elected in NY, they know better. He had his chance, and it done.

    November 19, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. Moe, NY

    No way do I want Rudy back in NY politics...he is a nut case! (In my opinion). Come on fellow New Yorkers do not allow this to happen, our state is in bad enough trouble as it is and bringing this nut back will only make matters worse. Name recognition be dammed...his name is not worth anything....research his disgusting behavior. Gillibrand is doing a pretty good job for NYS, and deserves to come back as the Senator from NY.

    November 19, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  9. Otto

    Frankly, there is one thing I like about Rudy and that is the work he did cleaning up the mess on 42 street. Part (b) is the fact that crime came down lower than any city in the nation.

    I dislike is arrogance and playing the 9/11 game. I dislike what he think about other politicians (Obama) being "Just" an organizer. He should remember that he has more dirt in his closet than any other New Yorker and most New Yorkers dislike his crap.

    He is preferred to be in Palm Beach FL drinking his Pina and basking in the sum. I have yet to see a politician who is not or has never been involved in hanky panky. Don't cast stones, your glass house will fall first! He will not get my vote or support, never!

    November 19, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    He doesn't have as much experience as his pal Palin (according to his logic). She was Governor of Alaska while he was only mayor of a city of 15 million. She has the edge. Right Rudy?

    November 19, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. marc in california

    So he leads now. Big deal. That doesn't mean he'll lead next November. Remember this was supposed to be the GOP hero candidate for president in 2008 and he failed. I feel Kristen Gillibrand knows she is in for a fight if Guiliani runs but I also believe she has as much chance of winning as Guiliani does.
    This will definetely be one of the big races to watch next year. If Guilaini does manage to win then kudos to him but if Gillibrand ends up winning I will be laughing so hard.

    November 19, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  12. Bev

    Based on what I am reading...............

    It appears that the Republicans AND Independents will vote for Guilianni and the Democrats ONLy will be voting for Gillibrand!!!

    Guilianni should go for it and definitely run-–and send another Democrat to the unemployment line in 2010!!!

    November 19, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  13. Drone Pilot

    You don't want him in there. His right hand man, Kerik is in jail for corruption... He thinks they attack us because we are rich and free. He's in a bubble

    November 19, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. Bren

    So, based on the article the other day--the Democrat Patterson is going to get clobbered by either Cuomo or Guilianni-–in regard to the New York Governor's seat.

    And, Guiliani is leading/supported by both the Republicans and Independents for the Senate seat.

    Hahahahahahahahaha--The Democrats are going to get clobbered in 2010!!!!

    November 19, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. They call me "tater salad"

    Hey Rudy.........How's your old pal Bernie Kerik doing?.............Birds of a feather ya know!!!!!!

    November 19, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  16. CBR

    Good luck NY. Rudy Guiliana will bring up 9/11 continually. I think NY has many other politicians who would qualify to be a nominee for the US senate.

    November 19, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. They call me "tater salad"

    This is how I see it..........You righty's just love to associate Obama with people like Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, etc.....Well.... your boy Rudy will always be associated with Bernard Kerik which is way worse! Get used to it cuz, like they say, "Turnabout is fair play"! Oh and don't forget your old standby remark about Obama! You know..........."Birds of a feather"?........Yeah .....Bring on 2010, I honestly can't wait to see the GOP suffer another embarrassing defeat and lose even more seats in both houses of Congress! They certainly didn't see any red flags over losing their seat in the NY-23 race, whuich was a seat they pretty much dominated and held since the CIVIL WAR HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 19, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. Stu- SW Florida

    This clam belongs at the top of rest room attendant job applicants!!!

    November 19, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. A.B.

    Guiliani is a clown who is so desperate to occupy political office that he will even run for dog catcher. He is a power hungry political has been whose judgement of character is seriously flawed. Take his former police commissioner and friend Bernard Kerik for example, who was indicted and convicted of fraud and corruption. Guilliani recommended this guy to the Bush Administration and that situation blew up in everyone's face, including Guilliani. Guilliani foolishly mocked Obama's profession as a community organizer at the Republican Convention last year. Obama won the Presidential election; Guilliani lost the Presidential primary and is now eating crow. This guy is a fool and should just go away and do something else.

    November 19, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  20. hongli

    Giuliani is a public FRAUD.

    November 19, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  21. Mamanomia

    I am surprised that even repubs would consider supporting the rudeman...his "family values" are sadly missing.

    November 19, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  22. Kevin in Ohio

    The tide is turning. Less than a year away......

    November 19, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  23. George

    If Giuliani ever wins another political office, I will be very disappointed. I do not believe he has ever had an original poltical point of view. Lately he has come to the media with stuff other wild eyed Repugnicans have begun. The party is sad and Giuliani is sadder.

    November 19, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  24. NY Citizen

    I thinkg Rudy would make a great governor for NY!

    November 19, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  25. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    And Remember . . . You . . Are My Number One . . . Guy.

    Don't worry New York. This guy leads in every pole and then his campaign is so lame he ends up with around 15% of the vote.

    November 19, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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