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Thursday, May 05, 2005

NY-Sen: Clinton "Buries All Challengers 2 -1 Or More"

Posted by Bob Brigham

New Quinnipiac Poll (April 28 - May 2, 1,191, ± 2.8 percentage points):

Sen. Clinton had an all-time high 65 - 27 percent approval rating in a February 9 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Clinton easily defeats a number of possible Republican challengers:

* 60 - 32 percent over Gov. George Pataki;
* 62 - 27 percent over Westchester District Attorney Jeanine Pirro;
* 63 - 26 percent over former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld;
* 63 - 25 percent over Edward Cox, son-in-law of the late President Richard Nixon.

New York State voters say 67 - 27 percent that Sen. Clinton deserves to be reelected.

With a re-elect number of 67%, Clinton is in good shape for re-election. But what does this poll tell us about her 2008 plans?

Voters also say 60 - 30 percent that if she runs for reelection in 2006, she should promise to serve another full six-year Senate term. In another question, voters say 51 - 41 percent that they do not want Clinton to run for president in 2008. [...]

"But if the Clinton-for-President talk stays strong, she has problems. More New Yorkers don't want her to run for President. And, 2 -1, they think that if she runs for re- election as Senator, she should promise to serve the full six years," [director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, Maurice] Carroll added.

Interesting to see New Yorkers' positions begin to set this far out.

Posted at 08:57 AM in New York | Technorati


I'm not surprised. There is a lot of sentiment in NY that Hillary has been a very strong Senator for New York, particularly for the defense industry. If someone is good at bringing home the bacon, the last thing you want is for them to get promoted out of that job.

Posted by: Steve M [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 5, 2005 11:15 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Oh my god! Bill Weld improved 10 points over night! What a jump! :)

Steve: I think Hillary polls so well because average New Yorkers believe she's a hard-working, non-showboating Senator. I think pork (which a minority legislator can't usually get a whole lot of) is a pretty small factor, if at all. But I grant, that's a hard effect to tease out.

Posted by: DavidNYC [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 5, 2005 01:33 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

There was a good Village Voice article, either this week or last, about Hillary's efforts in this area.

I don't think of defense spending as pork. Pork implies something that the government doesn't have to do.

Posted by: Steve M [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 5, 2005 03:59 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment