If he decided to run for New York State Governor next year, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani would top State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer 49 – 42 percent, the only one of several high visibility Republican names to top the likely Democratic candidate, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.
Spitzer has gained ground since trailing Giuliani 59 – 34 percent in an April 14, 2004 poll by the independent Quinnipiac University.
In other hypothetical matchups:
* Spitzer beating New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg 51 – 34 percent, with a 50 – 38 percent lead among New York City voters;
* Spitzer over former Independence Party candidate Thomas Golisano 58 – 22 percent;
* Spitzer topping former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld 60 – 16 percent;
* Spitzer over Westchester District Attorney Jeanine Pirro 59 – 21 percent.
Sen. Hillary Clinton gets a 63 – 29 percent approval rating from New York State voters, and dominates two potential Republican challengers in next year’s reelection race, 63 – 29 percent over Pirro and 64 – 26 percent over Edward Cox.
Sen. Charles Schumer has a 63 – 21 percent approval rating.
Gov. George Pataki, who recently announced he would not run for reelection and has been rumored to be interetsed in running for President, gets a 49 – 38 percent approval rating, his best in a year and up from a negative 36 – 47 percent approval rating in a May 4 Quinnipiac University poll.
Voters say 55 – 32 percent that his three terms as Governor have been a success.
From July 27 – August 1, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,498 New York State registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points.
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