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Poll: Clinton Edges out Giuliani in Florida



A Quinnipiac University poll released today found that U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton edges out Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, 46 to 44 in Florida, assuming those are the two candidates in the general.

In a Democratic primary match up, Clinton gets 43 percent, followed by 13 percent for Obama, 11 percent for Gore and 8 percent for John Edwards.

"Sen. Clinton is inching ahead. Not only does she lead by a nose in two of the most important swing states in the Electoral College, but she is turning around independent and Republican voters who previously viewed her negatively,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. 

The Quinnipiac University "Swing State Poll" finds:

  • Giuliani tops Obama 44 – 41 percent;
  • Obama defeats Thompson 43 – 37 percent;
  • Clinton defeats Thompson 49 – 40 percent.

Among Republicans, Giuliani gets 26 percent, with 19 percent for Thompson, 11 percent for McCain, 9 percent for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and 6 percent for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

By a 50 – 42 percent margin, Florida voters have a favorable opinion of Clinton. On June 27 it was  47 – 47 percent.  Favorability ratings for other contenders are:

  • 53 – 26 percent for Giuliani;
  • 34 – 39 percent for McCain;
  • 44 – 26 percent for Obama;
  • 42 – 46 percent for former Vice President Al Gore;
  • 42 – 32 percent for former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards;
  • 33 – 17 percent for Thompson;
  • 54 percent haven't heard enough about Romney to form an opinion.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:57pm]


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