February 28, 2008 - Bloomberg In Single Digits In Key Presidential States, Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll Finds

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has insisted he is not running for President, could not break out of single digits in three-way presidential matchups in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, a February 14 Quinnipiac University poll found.

Because these three Swing States are pivotal in presidential elections, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll has been conducting simultaneous surveys. February 14 results matching Mayor Bloomberg against New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and Arizona Sen. John McCain, or against Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. McCain, showed:
  • Florida - Bloomberg at 7 percent to 40 percent for Clinton and 38 percent for McCain;
Bloomberg at 9 percent, with 37 percent for McCain and 35 percent for Obama.
  • Ohio - 6 percent for Bloomberg, and Clinton and McCain tied at 40 percent each;
6 percent for Bloomberg, with 39 percent for McCain and 38 percent for Obama.
  • Pennsylvania - Bloomberg at 7 percent to 42 percent for Clinton and 36 percent for McCain;
Bloomberg at 7 percent, with McCain and Obama tied at 38 percent each.

In each state, Bloomberg drew support away from McCain.

"Maybe Mayor Michael Bloomberg realizes that New York line, 'if you can make it there you can make it anywhere,' doesn't always work in politics," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "In much of the rest of the country, Bloomberg wasn't that well known or well regarded. These polls of Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania - in which he could not crack double digits - show just how large a challenge a Bloomberg presidential candidacy would have faced."

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and nationwide as a public service and for research. For more data -- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x271.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.