November 8th, 2007
12:20 PM ET
15 years ago

Giuliani and Clinton neck-and-neck in Connecticut

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani are neck-and-neck with Connecticut voters in a hypothetical presidential election match-up, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

The Democratic senator from New York and the former New York City mayor are the frontrunners in their respective presidential primary races. Clinton has the support of 45 percent of Connecticut voters, while 44 percent support Giuliani, the poll found.

Nutmeg State voters view Giuliani (52 percent) more favorably than Clinton (48 percent). But while Clinton's favorable rating has remained virtually unchanged since May, Giuliani has dropped 9 percentage points during that time.

Both candidates have more than 20-point leads over their closest rivals for their individual party nominations.

In the Democratic primary, the former first lady has 45 percent of the vote, beating out Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, 19 percent, and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, 7 percent.

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd has only 5 percent of vote in the Democratic primary race. Even though 55 percent approve of the way Dodd is handling his job as senator, 70 percent say he should drop out of the presidential race.

"Voters in Connecticut are being asked to look at Sen. Dodd in a completely different light and we're confident that when they do begin to look at their choices for president, and they look at the issues that matter to them most, they're going to see that Chris Dodd has the proven record of results," Dodd campaign representative Colleen Flanagan said in response to the poll results.

On the Republican side, 41 percent favor Giuliani over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 13 percent; Arizona Sen. John McCain, 12 percent; and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, 7 percent.

If the general election boiled down to Obama and Giuliani, the state would be split right down the middle, with each polling at 43 percent.

If Clinton were to run against Romney in the general election, Clinton would win in Connecticut with 51 percent of the vote, with Romney polling at 34 percent.

The poll was conducted among 1,029 Connecticut registered voters from November 1 to 5, with a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.1 percentage points.

- CNN Political Assignment Editor Katy Byron

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Robert, Shelton, CT

    My state may actually go republican if Giulaini is the nomination, he is well liked, however I will not be voting for him. It would be the first time CT went red since Reagan.

    November 8, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Rodney Dallas TX

    Not sure why this is important but WAY TO GO HILLARY!

    November 8, 2007 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. AJ, Chicago IL

    So CNN is at it again, this time quoting poll numbers a year before America selects another president. The Quinnipiac University poll contacted 1029 registered voters. There are nearly 2 million registered voters in Connecticut. So, 0.05% of the registered voters in Connecticut were polled. What about the other 99.95%, how will they vote? Even though it is enticing to see poll numbers and potential voting situations tested, these polls are statistically meaningless.

    November 8, 2007 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. Steve, Portland, OR

    Let's just hope for the sake of this country neither Hillary or Giuliani make it to the White House. Neither one of your supposed front runners are worthy of this position.These two are the exact type of legislators in both parties we are sick and tired of representing us the citizens. Phony self promoting representatives of special interests.

    November 8, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Wondering in San diego

    Oh my goodness...Giuliani and Clinton caught necking in Connecticut? Wonder if it was Bill or Hill

    November 8, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Oliva - San Antonio - Texas

    Guilliani will not take CT. There are more deserving republican candidates running. Guilliani should ask Pat Robertson to be his running mate? That would make so much more intersting. Remember what Robertson said about 9/11.

    November 8, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    I believe that Sen. Clinton will do very well in Connecticut... I believe she will do very well across the nation...

    November 8, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Hank, Fort Myers, Fl

    Once they delve a little deeper and realize what an opportunistic quasi-hero Rudy is... this will change. Ask his ex-wife what an upstanding citizen and moral compass he is.

    November 8, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Karen,ny

    Robert..I thought you meant VW went red, I am sorry.

    November 8, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Ann, Chicago, IL

    Don't worry, Obama will blow them all out of the water.

    November 8, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. A.Thomas, ny, ny

    As in other state and national polls in the past few months, the trendline in CT is for giuliani to go down and for hillary to climb over. To know giuliani well is to hate him, as that will be the case after he is nominated and scrutinized.

    November 8, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. Rochelle NYC

    "Giuliani and Clinton neck-and-neck in Connecticut"

    Gosh, I didn't think they even liked each other all that much. Musta been quite a sight. Does Bill know about this?

    November 8, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  13. Rob, San Diego CA

    CNN blocked my comments because I stated I think Clinton will cost the Democrats the election and that I'd like to see the Democrats run a candidate that can actually be elected. I guess this really is the Clinton News Network!

    November 9, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. John, Baltimore, MD

    "I believe that Sen. Clinton will do very well in Connecticut… I believe she will do very well across the nation…"

    And I believe you are wrong. There are just too many folks that do not like her or her husband. She will do one thing across the nation if nominated, she'll invigorate the Republican base. Too bad she didn't get her wish to abolish the Electoral College, because the inner cities across America will support her and her promises of utopia (snicker), however.

    November 10, 2007 11:48 am at 11:48 am |