November 1st, 2007
08:00 AM ET
13 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. Kerry, Burlington MA

    Why does the media love Hillary Clinton? It seems that not many others do. Think about it America: Bush to Clinton back to Bush and then back to Clinton? Royal families are for the 17th century, not today.

    November 1, 2007 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  2. Anthony, Crossville, AL

    Hillary is about as electable as Dennis Kucinich. The news media is doing there best to elect her because they know that she can't win otherwise. What a joke she is. Rudy and Mitt are unbeatable. Everyone is critical of the war but it was O.K. for Hillary's husband Bill to threaten to bomb Iraq the night before his impeachment because he knew you can't impeach a president during war time. Do we really need these idiots(the Clintons) back in office. I don't think so. They only care about their personal agenda not the American people.

    November 1, 2007 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. Matthew; Baton Rouge, LA

    I personally think Giulliani would win. His stance is relatively moderate, especially compared to Clinton's relatively far-left stance, making him more appealing to moderates. Giulliani takes the liberal side on some issues, leaching moderate liberals with conservative fiscal tendancies, and moderate liberals in general. Clinton has absolutely no unpartisan appeal. If religious conservatives can swallow their pride and NOT self-destroy their party primary, then Giulliani can and will win the election.

    November 1, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. SteveG, Huntignton, WV

    Hillary will win this election 100% for sure. Rudy will just embarass himself but will receive the Republican nomination.

    Hillary the 44th President of the United States of America. Madam President. I AM ALREADY LOVIN IT!

    November 1, 2007 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  5. Chris Gregory, Bloomington IL

    A problem with Hillary is that she would leave the country as divided as a repubulican winning would. That's why we need a candidate who can work well with both sides. Due to stuff like that, I've settled on Joe Biden. Check out the Iraq plan he has put together, who he got to vote on it, his experience, and his plans.

    November 1, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  6. Justin, New Orleans Louisiana

    Colbert. Colbert. Colbert. Look out Dems. you might be shooting youselves in the foot! The more road blocks you set up for the man the more attention he gets, and his supporters become staunch.

    November 1, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  7. James, Santa Monica, CA.

    Wait until Americans see this Giuliani fruitcake in his dress...he is a nutcase psycho...And what experience does he have? The mayor of Mayberry would do a better job.

    November 1, 2007 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  8. Junior, Sewell NJ

    It really doesn't matter what Rudy Giuliani has done in his personal life, he could have been divorced five times for all I care. You don't need to be a great person to be a great leader. And that is what this country is searching for. I supported him on 9/11, as did most of us. However many of those that did support his leadership are now criticizing it simply because of their political party; talk about hypocritical. Wake Up and realize elections shouldn't be about parties, we should be electing the best leader to office! Stop judging based on personal lives – The point is none of it matters. We need a Great Leader NOW – and in my opinion Rudy Giuliani is the only candidate so far that has demonstrated this characteristic.

    November 2, 2007 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  9. jessy

    they both suck!

    Ron Paul is gonna maul them both.

    November 2, 2007 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  10. Candace Post

    Hillary will wipe the floor with Rudy.

    No sweat.

    November 2, 2007 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  11. Joe, Miami, Fl

    Ill tell you what, Republicans are making the same mistake Kerry made in the 2004 election, they are concentrating on who not to vote for (Hillary) as opposed to why people should vote for Republicans. And as we can see, it didn’t work for Kerry and It wont work for the Republicans. I also must say that at this point Rudy cannot win because of two things; any votes he could pick up because of his certain liberal attitude would be sucked away by the already threatened third party that would be created if he is given the Republican nomination. Romney cannot win because despite his Christianity his Mormonism is considered a cult by many Christian Conservatives. Obama is black (Im not a racist just a realist) and Edwards is just too weak (poverty isn’t what people want to hear about). Now I must say Hillary isn’t the inevitable winner. She will win unless she really messes something up which I don’t think she will. But again anything can happen. Oh and one thing for the Democrats lets take a page from Regan’s 10 commandments, Thou shall not attack a fellow Democrat.

    November 2, 2007 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  12. Richard, Oakland, CA

    The democrats could nominate beelzebub, and they'd still win against any republican, no matter who the nominee is! Now that we've seen what an evangelical Christian administration and congress looks like, too many Americans are too scared to vote in any republican, even a true conservative.

    November 2, 2007 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  13. Mark, London Canada

    I can't tell you who wins if it's Clinton vs Giuliani, but I can tell you who loses: America

    November 2, 2007 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  14. Craig Louisville KY

    Can anyone in this form picture the ads that Mitt, Thompson and McCain will be throwing at Giuliani in a few months? They already have more ammo then if they had John Kerry windsurfing, duck hunting, sipping Chardonnay all at once while attending a Planned Parenthood event. If you ever get a chance turn on some far right Christian Radio station and just listen to the loathing they have for Giuliani. That’s a real shame because his is the only person that could stop Hillary on the right.
    The public has changed since 04 on issue after issue the Dems hold a strong advantage (plus 20 on the economy, plus 10 on Iraq, split on terrorism) Issues such as the three G’s. Guns, Gods and Gays have slipped from the public lexicon and have been replaced with Iraq, Global Warming and the missing middle class with all this said; Hillary is only slightly ahead or tied with Giuliani!!!! Why would or should she get the dem nomination. It’s like the dems are Charlie brown trying to kick that football election after election.
    All liberals on this forum (I include) have to admit that Hillary will not take a position until it has been tested and formatted and this will cost her. Just look at how in 93/94 she was all fore free health care and now she takes that most money out of any Senator from big Pharm. To the republican base Hillary is what Farwell, Dobson and the like are to us. If we as Dems are so stupid to run a Northeastern Senator for 4 out of the last 5 presidential elections then we deserve to lose.

    November 2, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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