TIME Poll: Giuliani’s Lead Widens
According to the new TIME poll, Giuliani now leads his closest rival for the Republican nomination, Senator John McCain of Arizona, by 14 points (38% to 24%) among registered Republicans and those who are leaning toward the G.O.P. In January, a TIME poll showed McCain ahead by 4 points â€” a startling swing of 18 points.
The core of Giuliani’s strength is in the Northeast, where he has a 50% to 23% advantage over McCain. But even in the West, he leads McCain by 5 points. The poll, conducted for Time by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas Public Affairs (SRBI), surveyed 1,144 registered voters by phone from Feb. 23-26. It has a margin of error of +/-3 percentage points.
Third among the Republicans in Time’s poll, with 12%, was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was at 7%. The rest of the Republican field polled in the very low single digits. If the G.O.P. field were limited to Giuliani, McCain and Romney, the former mayor would have a slightly more commanding lead, 49% to McCainâ€™s 30%, with Romney at 12%.
Is this one of the reasons that Mitt Romney is WEAKLY attacking the Mayor?
Now, will McCain join in the mud?
He has a track record of it – remember South Carolina in 2000?
But Flap again reminds the candidates of the GOP’s 11th Commandment:
â€œThou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican.â€
The favorability ratings:
And in the silly poll categories:
Rudy Giuliani is the presidential candidate that most voters say would:
* Do the best at a speed dating event (16% say Giuliani, with Obama coming in second at 13% and Clinton in third at 12%);
* Be the best boss to work for (18% say Giuliani with Obama coming in second at 16% and Clinton in third at 14%).
However, most voters say that Hillary Clinton (19%) would be the best teammate on the TV show The Apprentice with Giuliani in second at 14% and Obama in third at 11%.
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