New York Primary Poll Finds Giuliani, Clinton Leading Presidential Race

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 11, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 11,

Albany, NY ( — Rudy Giuliani may not be in the Super Tuesday primary next month if he continues to pile up loss after loss in early caucus and primary states. However, a new poll of New York voters finds him leading all Republicans for the February 5 vote and Hillary Clinton ahead on the Democratic side.

Giuliani should be leading given that he’s the former mayor of New York City, but a Survey USA poll shows him with just a three percentage point lead over John McCain.

Giuliani has 32 percent of the Republican support while McCain comes in with 29 percent.

Looking at other candidates, Mike Huckabee pulls in 12 percent in the Empire State while Mitt Romney has seven percent, Fred Thompson six percent and Ron Paul three percent.

The poll found likely Republican voters are evenly split with 49 percent taking a pro-life position and 47 percent supporting legal abortion.

Huckabee does much better with pro-life voters, getting the support of 18 percent while McCain leads among pro-abortion voters with 34 percent of the vote compared to 32 percent for Giuliani, the only pro-abortion candidate.

Only half of voters have really made up their mind on supporting a candidate so the numbers could change considerably the rest of the month depending on the results of January primary elections.

Looking at the Democratic candidates, New York senator Hillary Clinton leads with 56 percent of the vote in her state while Barack Obama has the backing of 29 percent of Democrats and John Edwards 8 percent.

Clinton does much better with women where she leads Obama 67-24 percent compared with a 43-35 percentage advantage among men. Obama resonates better with younger voters while Clinton has the backing of older voters by larger margins.

Among New York Democrats, 27 percent take a pro-life position while 72 percent are pro-abortion. With no pro-life candidate in the race the percentages among the candidates vary little, though pro-life Democratic voters are more than twice as likely to still be undecided about a candidate.