December 16, 1999 - New Yorkers Like Giuliani's Record, Clinton's Smarts, Quinnipiac College Poll Finds, Mayor Holds On To Razor-Thin Lead In Senate Race
The best thing about New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is his experience or his record, 20 percent of New York State voters say in a Quinnipiac College poll released today.

When asked what they like best about First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, 14 percent of New York State voters say she is intelligent or knowledgeable.

The independent Quinnipiac College poll asked voters open-ended questions, where they could give any answer, about what they liked most and what they disliked most about the two all-but-declared candidates for the U.S. Senate from New York.

From December 7 - 12, Quinnipiac College surveyed 1,211 New York State registered voters. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percent.

After experience, 12 percent of New Yorkers say the best thing about Giuliani is his record on crime, while 12 percent listed convictions or "stands up for what he believes."

A total of 8 percent of New Yorkers cite Mrs. Clinton's "strength," "conviction" or "stands up for what she believes," while 7 percent like her "style."

"When we mix the qualities New Yorkers like best about Mayor Giuliani, we find an experienced crime-fighter with strong convictions," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac College Polling Institute.

"When we ask what New Yorkers like best about the First Lady, the only quality in double digits is that she is smart. The next biggest groups respect her convictions and like her style."

Asked what they dislike most about Giuliani, words like "controlling," "arrogant" or "harsh" are offered by a total of 26 percent of New Yorkers, followed by 7 percent who fault his policies on the homeless or poor.

The fact that Clinton has never lived in New York or doesn't know enough about the state is the biggest Clinton negative for 16 percent of New Yorkers, while 11 percent say she lacks "honesty" or "integrity" or "moral values." A total of 8 percent say they dislike Mrs. Clinton because they dislike President Clinton or because she stayed with him. Only one percent cited "Israel" or "Palestinian relations."

Giuliani holds a razor-thin 46 - 42 percent lead over Clinton in their undeclared Senate race, unchanged from a 47 - 42 percent Giuliani lead in a November 10 Quinnipiac College poll. Men back the Mayor 54 - 36 percent, while all women back the First Lady 47 - 41 percent.

Among white women, a group which has backed the winner of every statewide election since 1990, Giuliani gets 47 percent to Clinton's 40 percent.

Clinton gets 49 percent of Jewish voters to Giuliani's 41 percent.

"Can a Democratic white woman win in New York without substantial support from white women and Jews?" Carroll asked.

By a 35 - 28 percent margin, voters have a favorable opinion of Giuliani, with 25 percent mixed and 11 percent saying they don't know enough to form an opinion.

Clinton's favorability is 32 - 35 percent, with 26 percent mixed and 8 percent saying they don't know enough to form an opinion.

Among Jewish voters, Clinton's favorability is 37 - 29 percent, compared to 44 - 31 percent in the November 10 Quinnipiac College poll.

Giuliani's favorability among Jews is 38 - 39 percent, down from 45 - 30 percent November 10.

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

4. How much attention have you been paying to the election campaign for United States Senator from New York in the year 2000 -- a lot, some, only a little, or none at all?

               Tot  UPS  NYC  Sub  Rep  Dem  Ind  Men  Wom Prot Cath Jew


A lot 40% 36% 41% 46% 49% 38% 38% 45% 37% 39% 42% 51%

Some 35 39 32 33 30 38 36 32 38 33 36 33

Only a little 17 16 19 14 16 16 16 15 18 19 16 12

None at all 8 9 7 6 5 7 9 7 8 8 6 5

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 Prot Cath Jew


Favorable 32% 28% 40% 27% 10% 52% 26% 28% 34% 29% 29% 37%

Unfavorable 35 38 26 41 64 13 37 43 29 36 40 29

Mixed 26 25 27 27 21 27 28 22 29 28 22 31

Hvn't hrd enough 8 9 7 6 5 9 8 7 8 7 8 3

REFUSED - - 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 Prot Cath Jew


Favorable 35% 28% 32% 51% 57% 20% 35% 41% 31% 28% 44% 38%

Unfavorable 28 18 46 23 9 47 22 26 31 30 20 39

Mixed 25 31 20 23 23 24 30 25 25 27 26 21

Hvn't hrd enough 11 22 1 3 12 8 12 8 13 14 10 1

REFUSED - - 1 - - 1 - - - 1 - 2



7. If the election for United States Senator in the year 2000 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 Prot Cath Jew


Rodham Clinton 42% 38% 56% 32% 13% 70% 35% 36% 47% 42% 36% 49%

Giuliani 46 47 35 59 81 20 50 54 41 48 55 41

SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 - 2

WDN'T VOTE(VOL) 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 3

DK/NA 8 11 6 7 5 6 11 7 9 7 8 5



8. I'd like to ask you about the good and bad points about Hillary Rodham Clinton. Regardless of how you intend to vote, what do you like most about Hillary Rodham Clinton?

                       Tot  UPS  NYC  Sub  Men  Wom Prot Cath Jew
Intelligent/
  Knowledgeable        14%  14%  13%  15%  13%  15%  13%  13%  20%


Political Experience/Record 2 2 2 2 3 1 - 3 1

Agree with her on issues(general) 4 3 3 5 3 4 3 2 9

Education 3 2 3 3 1 4 2 3 3

Health Care 3 5 2 2 3 3 3 3 3

Children's Issues 2 3 2 - 1 3 4 1 1

Women's Issues 1 1 1 - - 2 1 1 -

Honesty/Trust/ Straightforward 3 3 5 3 4 3 4 3 4

Morals/Values/Family values 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Personality/Style 7 7 7 5 5 7 8 7 5

Compassionate/Cares/ Understanding 2 1 4 1 3 2 2 2 2

Stands up for what she believes 2 2 2 3 1 4 2 3 -

Strength/Conviction/ Perseverance 6 6 3 7 4 7 4 7 4

Stood by her man 3 3 2 3 3 3 5 2 2

Party 1 - 1 - 1 - - 1 -

Political philosophy/ideology 1 1 1 3 3 1 1 1 4

Good speaker 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1

Listens to public 1 1 1 - - 1 1 1 1

Woman 3 2 4 5 2 5 4 3 2

Nothing Liked 21 22 18 25 27 16 21 24 18 Other 7 5 9 9 9 6 7 6 10 DK/NA 10 11 11 7 10 10 10 11 7



9. And regardless of how you intend to vote, what do you dislike most about Hillary Rodham Clinton?

                       Tot  UPS  NYC  Sub  Men  Wom Prot Cath Jew
Not Intelligent/
  Knowledgeable/
  Thoughtful            1%   1%   1%   -%   -%   1%   -%   -%   2%


Lacking Political Experience/Record 2 2 1 3 3 1 2 2 2

Too political/ Typical politician 1 1 1 1 1 1 - 1 -

Disagree with her on issues(general) 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1

Health Care 1 1 1 - 1 - - - -

Israel/Palestinian relations 1 - 3 1 - 2 1 - 7

Lacking honesty/ Integrity/Trust 10 10 9 9 12 8 9 11 9

Lacking morals/ Values 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2

Personality/style 3 2 4 4 4 3 3 3 7

Harsh/Uncaring/Mean 1 - 1 - 1 - - 1 2

Indecisive/On the fence/ Not clear on issues 4 1 8 3 4 4 3 2 11

Weak/Not forceful enough 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2

Opportunist 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2

Scandals 2 2 2 4 3 2 3 2 3

Political Philosophy/ideology 1 2 - - 1 1 1 1 1

Carpetbagger/Doesn't know the State 16 17 10 22 18 14 18 16 13

Using NY as a stepping stone 1 1 - 2 1 1 1 1 -

Dislike Pres.Clinton 4 4 3 6 4 4 4 6 4

Stayed with Bill 4 4 4 2 3 5 4 5 2

Arrogant/Uncooperative/ Stuborn 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2

Just don't like her 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 -

Nothing disliked 15 14 19 13 13 17 16 16 9 Other 11 12 11 11 12 11 10 10 8 DK/NA 14 16 15 9 11 15 16 14 10



10. Now I'd like to ask you about the good and bad points about Rudolph Giuliani. Regardless of how you intend to vote, what do you like most about Rudolph Giuliani?

                       Tot  UPS  NYC  Sub  Men  Wom Prot Cath Jew


Leadership Qualities 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% -% -% 1% 1%

Intelligent/ Knowledgeable 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 5

Political Experience/Record 20 20 17 23 20 20 20 22 24

Agree with him on Issues(general) 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 3

Crime 12 9 14 17 14 11 10 13 12

Homeless/Poor 1 1 - - - 1 - 1 1

Honesty/Trust/ Straightforward 5 5 5 6 7 4 5 7 4

Personality/Style 3 3 2 3 3 3 2 2 3

Compassionate/Cares/ Understanding 1 - 1 - 1 1 1 1 2

Can get things done 6 3 8 9 8 5 4 7 9

Stands up for what he believes 6 4 7 7 6 5 5 6 3

Strength/Conviction/ Perseverance 6 3 7 7 7 4 3 7 9

Political philosophy/ideology 1 1 - 1 1 1 - 1 -

From NY/Knows NY 1 2 - 2 1 2 2 2 -

Nothing Liked 14 10 23 8 11 16 16 10 12 Other 5 4 5 6 6 4 3 5 4 DK/NA 14 27 5 6 9 18 20 13 6



11. And regardless of how you intend to vote, what do you dislike most about Rudolph Giuliani?

                       Tot  UPS  NYC  Sub  Men  Wom Prot Cath Jew


Not Intelligent/ Knowledgeable/ Thoughtful 2% 3% 1% 3% 2% 3% 3% 2% 2%

Not a good speaker 1 - - 1 1 - - 1 -

Too political/ Typical politician 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 - -

Disagree with him on issues(general) 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 2

Crime 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Education 1 - 1 - - 1 - 1 1

Abortion 1 - 1 2 1 1 1 1 -

Race relations 1 1 3 1 1 1 2 1 1

Homeless/Poor 7 5 11 7 7 7 7 6 7

Museum controversy 1 1 - 2 1 1 1 - 2

Personality/style 5 3 5 7 4 6 3 6 7

Harsh/Uncaring/Mean 6 2 7 9 7 5 4 5 12

Controlling/Authoritarian/ Dictator 8 2 13 11 9 7 6 8 14

Arrogant/Uncooperative/ Stuborn 6 3 7 9 6 6 4 7 7

Temper 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 2

Indecisive/On the Fence/ Not clear on issues 1 1 - 1 1 1 1 1 1

Party 1 - - 1 1 - - - 1

Political Philosophy/ideology 1 1 - 1 1 - - 1 2

Only knows/cares about the CITY 4 10 - 1 5 4 6 5 -

Out of touch with people/Aloof 1 - 1 - - 1 - 1 -

Extremist/Carries things too far 2 2 3 1 2 2 1 2 2

Just Don't Like him 1 - 1 - - 1 1 1 -

Nothing disliked 13 14 11 15 13 13 12 16 13 Other 12 9 16 11 13 10 11 12 10 DK/NA 21 33 12 12 17 23 30 18 13