November 27th, 2007
04:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Poll: Giuliani holds solid lead in Florida

Giuliani holds the lead in a new poll out of Florida.

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA (CNN) - He may be trailing in the early primary states, but in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, it appears Rudy Giuliani is the front runner in the Sunshine State.

If the Florida Republican primary were held today, the former New York City mayor would finish on top with support of 38 percent of likely primary voters, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday. (Full poll results [PDF])

That's 21 points ahead of his closest rival, Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor received the support of 17 percent of those polled, with Senator John McCain of Arizona and former Senator Fred Thompson of Tennessee tied at 11 percent.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is at 9 percent in the survey, followed by Rep. Ron Paul of Texas at 5 percent, Rep. Duncan Hunter of California at 1 percent and Congressman Tom Tancredo of Colorado at less than 1 percent.

The poll, involving telephone interviews with 300 voters likely Florida Republican presidential primary voters, was conducted November 25-26. The poll's margin of sampling error was plus-or-minus 5.5 percentage points.

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- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. aj huntington ny

    WOW ! The fact that Guiliani can hold the largely Christian Southern states is a very good sign for him. He will shine in the debate because he's got the track record of a winner . Congratulations Rudy

    November 27, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Adams

    its not going to be a solid lead after Romney sweeps Iowa, New Hamshire, and South Carolina. Once people see the victories they will jump on his bandwagon.

    Also most Americans don't know how liberal Guiliani is on social issues.

    November 27, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Kate, Aurora CO

    Great going Florida. First you force Bush on us and now you plan to do the same with Giuliani. I honestly do not know why any rational person would think of electing a man whose only platform is fear. This man has exploited 9/11 for his own political and personal financial gain. He thinks of himself as a hero of 9/11 when in reality he did exactly what he was elected to do. He did not run into the buildings or grab a fire hose or feed the fireman. He walked around, shook some hands and took photo after photo. Prior to 9/11 this man's approval rating was below 40% and after 9/11 both the NYC firefighters and police officers will not endorse this pathetic excuse of a human being for president. Florida please wake up. He is NOT a hero.

    November 27, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Independent in IA

    Not to worry...Florida hasn't gotten anything right yet.

    November 27, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Wayne, Greenville TX

    And when the rest of the country learns what NY firefighters know about what Rudy REALLY did on 9/11, his candidacy will go the way of Sam Brownback.....

    November 27, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Cleaner44, Goodyear, AZ

    Ron Paul is the people's choice because he will restore our republic instead of selling it to special interests. He dominates in straw polls, debate polls, fund raising, web traffic and grass roots networking. I have created a website to support this statement.

    Please visit and judge for yourself.

    November 27, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. im Minneapolis, Mn

    This is the state I would be most concerned with when it comes to voter fraud. Between Iowa and Florida voter fraud and rigging is a real concern. It becomes obvious when candidates like Rudy have no real message or support are somehow in the lead.

    November 27, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Ethan, Los Angeles, CA

    Giuliani would be a nightmare for this country, a full continuation of Bush's dynasty that attacks the American people first and asks no questions later. Ask the NY firefighters how they feel about Giuliani. The answer might shock you!

    How do you ask your questions? Who are you asking? It is easy to ask questions that result in likely answers CNN!

    November 27, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Angelina Julie Lexington Kentucky

    Giuliani is pro-choice. This won't fly with Christians. Ron Paul is about the only candidate paying attention to both the rights of the mother and the rights of the unborn. And he's not a big hypocritical liar. Vote Ron Paul.

    November 27, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    The only reason that Rudy Giuliani is doing so well in Florida is because those people who couldn't figure out how to punch a voting card correctly in 2000 think that he is really Bob Newhart.

    November 27, 2007 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Florida elected Jeb Bush – this doesn't say much!

    November 27, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. Scum Sucking Lawyer, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    As a Floridian, don't worry. The Republican party has already stripped Florida of at least half of its delegates to the Convention, and the Democratic party has stripped all! Doesn't matter who leads in Florida; we won't have enough delegates either way to swing who will be the candidate. Good luck to the rest of the country.

    November 27, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Cris Berger Seattle Wa.

    The Ghoul is INSANE and out of control... and his JUDGEMENT... is in the toilet...
    Lets review... The command center in the WTC... against the advice of EVERYONE.. he was wrong..

    Bernie Kerrick.. The Ghoul NOT ONLY appointed him a COP.. he was in BUSINESS WITH HIM... and what is Kerrick?? A CRIMINAL...

    Yeah we need ANOTHER criminal in the White House.. the vote for the Ghoul

    November 27, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Jon B Olathe KS

    Why would anyone be shocked...Rudy has campaigned in Florida more than all the other candidates put together.

    Poll florida republicans with landline phones who voted in the 2004 primary and of course Rudy polls highest. (these would be primarily the retired seniors pro-Bush, not able to accept that the government is what it has become)

    He is the establishment/fear mongers #1 guy.

    If Bush had been competent and actually addressed the nation soon after the 9/11 attacks Guliani would be a non-candidate. His name recognition and promotion of fear are the only things that keep him in the race.

    November 27, 2007 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Daniel, NY

    Another poll of Florida out today has Giuliani at 26%, ahead of Huckabee who is at 17%, a strong second - which is a HUGE shake-up in the GOP nomination race as Huckabee is becoming a very serious contender.

    November 27, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. jim Scottsdale AZ

    Rudy is a crook and a liar, of course it is Florida. I hate to think about the Beast he married in the White House. You think Georege W was a mess.

    Florida why don't you keep him

    November 27, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    300 people polled!!!! I would say spend some more time making calls and make the story worth something!

    November 27, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. Jed in Texas

    Daaa, maybe Florida has mostly rich and retired New Yorkers living there with dementia. Lets not forget the nut jobs who think they will get Cuba back and build a giant casino out of it.lmao

    November 27, 2007 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. Christopher, Rudy is a fraud, Madison, WI

    Good Old draft dodging Rudy. In 1968 he got a deferment letter from a judge because he was a law clerk. Of course "law clerk" in 1968 was not an acceptable reason for deferment. Yes what a great track adulter, mob connections, loathed by the NYC fire department and police force, drag queen and all around supporter of gay rights and abortion. Sounds like a true winner for the GOP. I guess when FauxNoise had selected him 2 years ago it was a done deal. Thank Rupert Murdoch for this blundering idiot. Is that a lisp a hear. Good God Bush doesn't speak English and this one lisps. How his buddy the other adulter and bribe accepter doing. Is it the heat or the humidity that makes people in Florida so stupid?

    November 27, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. Walt, Belton, TX

    Don't pat Rudy's back too hard just yet, they're still checking chads.....

    November 27, 2007 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. Michelle D. - Atlanta, GA

    From where I sit I just can't figure out those folks in Florida (and I used to live there that's why I left).

    Are you really going to trust a man who has had absolutely no respect for his marriage vows (married 3 times and had been fooling around on his 2nd wife). Morals are a HUGE issue with this guy. For goodness sakes...his own kids are estranged from him...for a REASON!!!

    November 27, 2007 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. Matt, Chicago

    His FLA supporters must've left NYC before he became mayor. rudy is a fraud.

    November 27, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. Phil, Newmarket, NH

    I am concerned that people will vote “elect-ability” and not their personal political philosophy. After months of holding my nose and saying I would support Giuliani I have come to my senses. I can’t vote for a person who I don’t believe in. If anyone but Ron Paul wins the Republican nomination my general election vote is going for a third party. I am tired of thinking I HAVE to choose between the lesser of two evils.

    November 27, 2007 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. Darth Vadik, Glendora CA

    Rudy leading in Florida, what a surprise? Picking a choice from these republican candidates is like watching a horror movie and picking which way is the best to die.

    Do you want Rudy "Nosferatu" Giuliani...

    Fred "the Mummy" Thompson...

    A Old Mad Man "Jason Vorhees" McCain with a chainsaw...

    The Mitt "the Red Dragon" Romney (from the Hanibal Lector series if you're wondering)...

    or, the Ron "i'll shotgun all the government programs" Paul...

    WOW, I'd rather pick my own eyes out than vote for any of these monsters.

    November 27, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. Jack, New York

    If you keep polling the people that make up the “Giuliani Base” then he will always come out on top.

    You can have a poll reflect any result you want. It's all on what questions are asked and who you choose to poll. Until polls are simplified and transparent they're practically meaningless.

    Bush has the lowest approval ratings of any American President. If he were on the ballot again, how many of you would vote for him? Exactly.

    Rudy and Bush are the same - only with different lipstick. Unless voter fraud is once again perfected and ignored by the media, Rudy has zero chance of success.

    November 27, 2007 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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