March 2, 2000 - Giuliani Leads Clinton 48-41 Percent In NY Senate Race, Quinnipiac College Poll Finds; Mayor's Favorability Is Up, Despite Diallo Controversy
New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has opened a 48 - 41 percent lead over First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in their race for the U.S. Senate, his biggest lead so far in this neck-and-neck contest, according to a Quinnipiac College poll released today.

Mayor Giuliani leads among men voters 55 - 34 percent, while Mrs. Clinton holds a 47 - 42 percent lead among women. Giuliani leads 51 - 36 percent upstate and 59 - 31 percent in the suburbs, while Clinton leads 56 - 35 percent in New York City.

The Mayor leads 51 - 37 percent among white women and 48 - 38 percent among Jews. White voters back Giuliani 56 - 32 percent, while black voters back Clinton 90 - 4 percent, and Hispanic voters back Clinton 72 - 24 percent.

From February 22 - 28, Quinnipiac College surveyed 1,842 New York State registered voters. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 2.3 percent.

"Mayor Giuliani has his highest favorability rating statewide since Quinnipiac College began polling a possible Giuliani-Clinton race in February, 1999. Even in New York City, where protests of the Amadou Diallo verdict and criticism of the Mayor made headlines during four days of this survey, Giuliani's favorability was not affected," said Quinnipiac College Poll Director Douglas Schwartz.

"The Mayor now has solid leads among white women and Jewish voters. White women have been a bellwether, voting for the winner in every statewide race in New York since 1990. And traditionally, Jewish voters go Democratic by large margins."

By a 42 - 26 percent margin, voters statewide have a favorable opinion of Giuliani, with 24 percent mixed and 8 percent saying they don't know enough to form an opinion. Giuliani's favorability was 36 - 26 percent in a February 6 Quinnipiac College Poll, at the start of the Amadou Diallo trial. Among New York City voters, Giuliani's favorability is 36 - 40 percent, little changed from a 33 - 41 percent favorability February 6.

Clinton's favorability is 34 - 35 percent, with 25 percent mixed and 5 percent saying they don't know enough to form an opinion. Her favorability rating February 6 was 35 - 30 percent. By a 39 - 28 percent, women have a favorable opinion of Clinton, while men give her a negative 28 - 43 percent favorability rating.

The Quinnipiac College Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu or (203) 287-5201.

1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Pataki is handling his job as Governor of New York?

                     Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Approve 57% 55% 50% 68% 77% 46% 55% 61% 53%

Disapprove 31 32 36 22 15 41 32 29 32

DK/NA 12 13 14 10 9 13 13 10 14



4. How much attention have you been paying to the election campaign for United States Senator from New York -- a lot, some, only a little, or none at all?
                     Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


A lot 39% 37% 42% 38% 42% 39% 37% 44% 34%

Some 38 39 33 42 37 39 38 36 40

Only a little 16 17 18 14 15 15 18 15 18

None at all 7 7 6 5 6 6 8 6 7

DK/NA - - - - - - - - -



5. Is your opinion of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about her?

                     Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Favorable 34% 30% 46% 25% 12% 55% 27% 28% 39%

Unfavorable 35 37 26 44 63 15 36 43 28

Mixed 25 26 22 27 18 26 31 22 27

Hvn't hrd enough 5 6 5 3 6 4 4 5 5

REFUSED 1 1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1



6. Is your opinion of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about him?

                     Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Favorable 42% 38% 36% 55% 65% 24% 44% 47% 37%

Unfavorable 26 19 40 21 9 40 24 23 29

Mixed 24 28 21 21 16 28 25 23 25

Hvn't hrd enough 8 15 2 2 9 7 7 6 9

REFUSED - 1 - - 1 1 - - 1



7. If the election for United States Senator were being held today and the candidates were Hillary Rodham Clinton the Democrat, and Rudolph Giuliani the Republican, for whom would you vote?

                     Tot   Ups   NYC   Sub   Rep   Dem   Ind   Men   Wom


Rodham Clinton 41% 36% 56% 31% 14% 67% 35% 34% 47% Giuliani 48 51 35 59 80 25 49 55 42

SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 2 1 2 - - 3 2 1 WLDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 2 2 1 1 1 3 2 2 DK/NA 8 9 6 8 4 7 10 7 8