November 19th, 2009
04:23 PM ET
13 years ago

Poll: Giuliani on top in possible 2010 Senate showdown

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Steve

    Would be the first qualified senator in a long time for NY. He would have crushed carpetbagger (muncher) Hillary had he run against her when she first won the seat due to misguided NY voters who put her there out of sympathy for her husband's affair.

    November 19, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. Chona Grefiel

    ...Bring it on Mr.Guiliani.I will be a volunteer again for the re-election of
    President Obama.Thank you...

    November 19, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. Russ

    God help the country and the state of New York if they elect this transvestite to office again.

    November 19, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |

    This country is DOOMED with Rethuglicans like this!


    November 19, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  5. Michael

    Rudy Giuliani don't know anything else other than 9.11. He was ahead in all the polls before the presidential election too. so, don't worry his poll numbers will come down later.

    November 19, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  6. Andy from CA

    I thought New Yorkers were smarter than that, obviously I was wrong.
    Note the continued political presence of Bloomberg and King as proof of how stupid the electorate can be.

    November 19, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. k

    First he better find out if Bernard Kerick has any stories to tell about their past dealings.

    November 19, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  8. Keith in Austin

    Go Rudy!!! To all you New York City liberals: I remember how deplorable your city was before Guiliani cleaned it up while he was the DA and Mayor.

    November 19, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    Go back to anytime after 9/11 when this guy says one thing and now says another.

    November 19, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
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