Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani would thrash former U.S. Rep. Rick Lazio 83 percent to 13 percent in a hypothetical 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary, according to a new Marist poll.
Almost 60 percent of all New York voters said they'd like Giuliani, who sought the GOP presidential nomination in 2008, to run for governor. In contrast, 55 percent of voters said they don't think Lazio should run. And when matched head to head, Giuliani outpolled Lazio, who lost to Hillary Clinton in 2000, by the 83-percent-13-percent margin.
Republican voters were even more enthusiastic about Giuliani, with 80 percent saying they would like to see him run in 2010. GOP voters are divided evenly over Lazio’s decision to run, 43 percent to 43 percent. Lazio is poised to announce his candidacy formally next week.
Other findings from the poll conducted Sept. 8-10 show: Giuliani widening his lead over Democratic Gov. David Paterson, 60 percent to 34 percent, compared with 54 percent to 37 percent just three months ago. More than 70 percent of voters polled said Paterson isn't a viable candidate for a second term, including 65 percent of Democrats, 80 percent of Republicans, and 64 percent of independents. Only 20 percent of those polled think Paterson is doing a good job, while 34 percent rate his performance as "poor." Paterson was at 21 percent in a June Marist poll and 19 percent one month before that. Only 24 percent of fellow Democrats say Paterson is doing well as governor. Lazio and Paterson are running even, 43 percent to 43 percent, compared with 41-40 three months ago. Almost 70 percent say Democratic State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo should run for governor, including 53 percent of Republicans, 77 percent of Democrats, and 66 percent of independents. In a hypothetical 2010 Democratic gubernatorial primary, Cuomo would trounce Paterson 70 percent to 23 percent. The approval rating of Cuomo is at 69 percent, compared with 67 percent in June and 70 percent in May. In a general election, Cuomo would beat Lazio 71 percent to 21 percent. In a general election, Cuomo would beat Giuliani 53 percent to 43 percent. Two-thirds of those polled disapprove of how Paterson is handling the economic crisis. In June, 61 percent disapproved of his handling of the economy while 31 percent approved. Almost 70 percent percent disapprove of how Paterson is handling the state’s budget, while 27 percent approve. In March, 59 percent disapproved of his handling of the budget, while 30 percent approved. Nearly three-quarters of those polled think the state is moving in the wrong direction, while just 22 percent said it is headed in the right path.
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