Skip to comments.Poll: Giuliani, McCain, Obama rank high with voters, Kerry in last place
Posted on 11/27/2006 2:02:23 PM PST by mathprof
Americans have the warmest feelings about former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, according to a poll released Monday that scores the popularity of national leaders.
The Quinnipiac University's "thermometer reading," taken the week after the Nov. 7 election, asked voters to rate their feelings for 20 leaders on a scale of 0 to 100.
Giuliani, a Republican weighing a presidential bid in 2008, scored the highest at 64.2. Obama and McCain, who are also considering a 2008 campaign, finished next at 58.8 and 57.7.
President Bush was 15th out of 20 while his secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, was fourth and former President Clinton fifth.
New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton scored ninth of the 20 leaders with a score of 49. Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic nominee who was roundly criticized before the election for suggesting that students who don't study could end up stuck in Iraq, came in last at 39.6.
Kerry later apologized for what he said was a botched joke.
Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi, in line to become the next House Speaker, improved her standing, moving from last to 12th in a few weeks. The next Senate Majority leader, Democrat Harry Reid, was 19th.
"As we enter the presidential campaign of 2008, Giuliani and McCain are in enviable positions," said Peter Brown, assistant poll director. "They are well-regarded and most Americans are quite familiar with them. Obama's showing is impressive, but four in 10 Americans still don't know enough about him to have an opinion."
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Why does Obama rank high? What has he ever done to earn the esteem of the American people?
How discriminating and well-informed are these voters! These poll stories are surely the most useful form of media reporting ever invented.
"Americans have the warmest feelings about former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Republican"
The less You do and the more areo fritto You generate, the better the DBM loves You.
The same outfit put Hillary first by a wide margin over Rudy in New York State during the same time period.
I fear that Hillary knows she can beat Rudy. This sort of poll just eggs Rudy on.
If this is the best America can do, the republic is doomed.
Fortunately, any poll done two years out from an election is nothing but Democrat Media propaganda.
For those of you that are wondering how Obama could score so high...he was on Oprah. She called him "her boy". He said, "you're my girl". (btw, read about it on Boortz) People are getting their news, forming their opinions and voting according to what Oprah says and does. She plays a major role in making idiots like Obama popular.
All that I want to know is who the REPUBLICAN candidates might be?
Personally, if these dopes are the best this Country can muster, I feel sick!
He is good at fooling people
An Italian, a crazy guy, and a Muslim. Looks like the Italian guy might have a chance.
Why does Obama rank high?
He's not in prison.
BARF! It'll be a cold day in hell before conservatives will pick Rudy as the GOP nominee in 2008.
Beyond his public appearences on TV in the immediate aftermath of 9-11, most Americans don't know much about Rudy Giuliani. They don't know Rudy is liberal on most issues and a hardcore social liberal --- pro-abortion on demand, pro-partial birth abortion, pro-gun control, pro-assault weapons ban, and he supports special rights for homos and illegal aliens. Another big government Republican. No way Rudy can overcome all those negatives and capture the GOP nomination.
Those voters lazy socialists.. ALL of them...
Gen Tommy Franks, Newt, Haley Barbour, thats my list for starters
Barack Obama = empty suit.
Gingrich/Romney ticket 2008
I agree with this poll. They are all pretty rank.
The media told them to like Obama the empty suit and to believe he is some sort of person of substance despite not having a damned accomplishment under his belt other than being a smooth talker, just like the media told the public to hate Bush and to vote Democrat. And the lemming American public fell obediently into line behind their MSM zombie masters who brainwash them on a nightly basis without them even knowing it. We're losing this country precisely because of this lemming-like intellectual laziness on the part of the American voter.
He's black, and the left-wing press adores him.
wrong....the piaps cannot beat Rudy straight up!!!!
but anyone else is fair game!!!!!
if the republicans won't get behind Rudy and off their principles sitting out elections....
the bee-itch will be back in the white house in 2009!!!!
I don't like any of them that are running.....we need to find better.
Rudy and McCain=RINO's
Obama= what has he done? And I wouldn't vote for him anyways because he's of the lib party....
Pure, unadulterated bovine scatological residue.
Guliani = RINO, progressive liberal in disguise.
McCain = Insane, out of control, paranoid, power hungry.
Obama = closet islamist, raging social liberal, muslim sympathizer and totally unelectable.
What idiot did that poll?
An Italian, a crazy guy, and a Muslim. Looks like the Italian guy might have a chance.
Obama isn't Italian! Just his name ends in a vowel......LOL
He's black and he speaks pretty and has a nice smile. That's enough to send a lot of people falling all over themselves to prove how tolerant they are.
For the others, he does put forth a front of seeking to work together (see his book), though I question that notion.
He gave a speech once.
They might be good leaders, but I seriously doubt that Newt can overcome the negatives that drove him from Congress into private life. Perhaps a Romney/Gingrich ticket might work better.
In a lot of ways, I think whether Giuliani makes the ticket depends upon what happens in Iraq and what the Islamist crazies are up to the next 2 years.
If things go nuts and the Dims prove incompetent, he stands a good chance.
I'm betting on Romney, personally. He's got the charisma, and he seems more conservative than Rudy and less crazy than McCain.
I say we start a "Republicans for Kerry" group and try to get Kerry the nomination again in 2008.
Wow...the MSM media and these polls. You'd almost think that they want the Republican party to nominate a pro-gay, pro-abortion candidate so that no matter which major party a citizen votes for these two issues will be promoted.
Interesting and I would almost agree. He seems to be building a presidential champaign staff and ready for a run. Methinks he's been reading too many press clippings, think he'll fold like the empty suit he is.
But it will be interesting to watch. I can't think of the last time we had a pure media candidate. McCain was close to it in 200 but at least he had some experience under his belt.
Rudy Guiliani has marched in lockstep with liberals on affirmative action, gay rights, gay marriage, gun control, school prayer, tuition tax credits, liberal immigration policies, and he's reinforced it, time and time again. Just about everytime Rudy opens his mouth, offensive liberal words come pouring out. As Mayor, Rudy put liberals in high-paid city jobs, an indication what a Rudy WH would look like. Here then is Rudy in his own words:
--The New York State Liberal Party on its endorsement of Rudy Giuliani for Mayor: "When the Liberal Party Policy Committee reviewed a list of key social issues of deep concern to progressive New Yorkers, we found that Rudy Giuliani agreed with the Liberal Party's stance on a majority of such issues. He agreed with the Liberal Party's views on affirmative action, gay rights, gun control, school prayer and tuition tax credits. As Mayor, Rudy Giuliani would uphold the Constitutional and legal rights to abortion." N.Y.S. Liberal Party Endorsement Statement of Candidate Giuliani for Mayor of New York City April 8, 1989
--On the Republican Party: "Mr. Rockefeller represented 'a tradition in the Republican Party' I've worked hard to re-kindle - the Rockefeller, Javits, Lefkowitz tradition." Rudy Giuliani told the New York Times July 9, 1992
--Village Voice Interview with Guiliani: He was asked: "What kind of Republican Is [Giuliani]? A Reagan Republican?" Giuliani pauses before answering: "I'm a Republican." Village Voice January 24, 1989
--On Attending 1996 Republican Convention: Rudy expressed his pleasure when he wasn't invited to the Republican National Convention in San Diego. "If I take three or four days off from city business, I want to do it for a substantive purpose. It didn't seem to me any substantive purpose could be served by going to the Republican convention." said Rudy. Rudy! An Investigative Biography of Rudolph Giuliani, Page 459, by Wayne Barrett
--On Barry Goldwater: Giuliani described John Kennedy as "great and brilliant. Barry Goldwater as an "incompetent, confused and sometimes idiotic man." New York Daily News, May 13, 1997
--On President Bill Clinton: Shortly before his last-minute endorsement of Bob Dole in the 1996 presidential election, Giuliani told the Post's Jack Newfield that "most of Clinton's policies are very similar to most of mine." Rudy! An Investigative Biography of Rudolph Giuliani, Wayne Barrett.
--The Daily News quoted Giuliani as saying March 1996: "Whether you talk about President Clinon, Senator Dole.... The country would be in very good hands in the hands of any of that group." An Investigative Biography of Rudolph Giuliani, Wayne Barrett.
--Revealing at one point that he was "open" to the idea of endorsing Clinton, Rudy said: "When I ran for mayor both times, '89 and '93, I promised people that I would be, if not bipartisan, at least open to the possibility of supporting Democrats." Rudy! An Investigative Biography of Rudolph Giuliani, Wayne Barrett, Page 459
---Rudy Giuliani Endorses Democratic Governor Mario Cuomo October 1994: "From my point of view as the mayor of New York City, the question that I have to ask is, Who has the best chance in the next four years of successfully fighting for our interest? Who understands them, and who will make the best case for it?' Our future, our destiny is not a matter of chance. It's a matter of choice. My choice is Mario Cuomo." Rudy Giuliani: Emperor of the City book by Andrew Kirtzman, Page 133
--Reaction to Giuliani Endorsement of Cuomo: "Once again, Rudolph Giuliani has demonstrated that liberalism is the foundation of his political philosophy. While Giuliani sold a bill of goods to trusting Republicans and Reagan Democrats that he had abandoned his roots as a McGovern Democrat, in his endorsement of Mario Cuomo, Mr. Liberal himself, he has shown his true colors. Giuliani's argument that Cuomo will be better for the city has a hollow ring to it. Perhaps Rudy wants a governor who will sign over a blank check to constantly bail out the city from its fiscal problems. Giuliani knows, as do all New Yorkers, that Cuomo's liberal policies have been an economic disaster for our city and state." "But Rudy doesn't care. He has proven he will do anything to stop the election of a conservative Republican - but he won't succeed." Michael Long, Chairman N.Y.S. Conservative Party Press Statement, October 25, 1994
--"[Quite] frankly, you have to understand the fact that Rudy Giuliani was a McGovern Democrat, he was endorsed by the Liberal Party when he ran for Mayor. In his heart, he's a Democrat. He's paraded all over this country with Bill Clinton and, in fact, he's very comfortable with Mario Cuomo. But what Rudy Giuliani wants is to be bailed out in the city, in the mess he's in, and everybody understands very clearly in politics that they struck a deal, that Mario's going to continue to be the big spender, save Rudy the options of raising taxes by pouring money statewide into the City of New York and bailing it out. Quite frankly, I predict that he will join the Democratic Party." Interview with Michael Long, Chairman N.Y.S. Conservative Party, CNN Crossfire, October 25, 1994
--On Gay Domestic-Partner Rights: "National Republicans can lump it if they don't like his new domestic-partners bill, "Mayor Giuliani said yesterday. "I really haven't thought about what the impact is on Republican politics or national politics or Democratic politics," Giuliani said. The bill he submitted to the City Council would extend the benefits city agencies must grant to gay and lesbian couples. "I'm proud of it," Giuliani said of the bill. "I think it puts New York City ahead of other places in the country." New York Daily News, May 13, 1998
--On Gay-Rights/Gay Rights Bill: Giuliani favors extended civil-rights protection for gays and lesbians. Giuliani urged, by letter, to the New York Senate Majority Leader to pass the state's first ever gay rights bill, but did it privately. "I am writing to convey my support for the current legislation to prohibit discrimination against gays and lesbians, and to urge you to allow the bill onto the floor of the Senate for prompt action." ".......It is my belief that we can penalize discrimination [against gays] without creating any potentially objectionable special privileges or preferential treatment." New York Post, June 5, 1993
--Now Rudy Giuliani has jumped on the bandwagon, pressing the state Republican Party to release a gay-rights bill to the Senate floor for a vote. Marching in Sunday's [Gay Pride] parade, he has enlisted in the struggle to destroy the family. What a perfectly abominable springboard to seek high political office. Ray Kerrison New York Post, June 30, 1993
--Giuliani said homosexuality is "good and normal." quoting Ray Kerrison New York Post, July 7, 1989
--On Gay Domestic Partnership: "I have no objection to the concept of domestic partnership," said Rudy Giuliani on Informed Sources New York T.V. Show (PBS), May, 1992
--On Abortion: Leaflets distributed by the Giuliani campaign .... said that he opposes restrictions to Federal Medicaid financing for abortions and opposes the Hyde Amendment, which is intended to deny support for that financing. New York Times, June 18, 1993.
--Rudy Guiliani on abortion: "I'd give my daughter the money for it [an abortion]."
--"I never called for the overturning of Roe vs. Wade." Rudy Giuliani, New York Newsday, September 1, 1989
--As mayor, Rudy Giuliani will uphold a woman's right of choice to have an abortion. Giuliani will fund all city programs which provide abortions to insure that no woman is deprived of her right due to an inability to pay. He will oppose reductions in state funding. He will oppose making abortion illegal. New York Times, August 4, 1989
--On Partial Birth Abortion: Mr. Giuliani has said that New York State law should not be changed to outlaw the procedure. New York Times, January 7, 1998
--On School Choice: "He doesn't support tuition tax credits and vouchers." Sandra Feldman, President of N.Y.C. Teacher's Union, 1993
--On Taxes: [Giuliani] says ruling out a tax increase is "political pandering." Newsday, August 31, 1989
...if you are willing to support the candidacy of a man who has admitted to agreeing with most of Clinton's policies, you have lost any credibility you might have had as a conservative.
Most of your Giulani quotes are over 15 years old.
It's more then that. Obama does what a lot more politicians should do, and that's explain his positions in a logical, coherent fashion, confronts the arguements of the other side, and says why he disagrees. He's pretty good at actually explaining his position and treating his opponent with respect. It's a rare thing in politics these days, on either side.
Of course, it helps that he's a black Democrat, and thus the media never takes cheap shots at him, which makes it easier to do what he does. He's also good looking.
I almost always disagree with his conclusions, but I admire the way he explains himself. If we had a few folks that were as good at this as he is, we'd be in a much, much better position.
Actually, the one person who seems to have the same ability on our side is a non-politician: John Roberts. If he weren't Chief Justice, I'd sure like him in the Senate.
"Gen Tommy Franks, Newt, Haley Barbour, thats my list for starters"
This bunch right here has more gravitas in their little finger than all of the aformentioned crowd.
Nice long list. You got a day job?
"Most of your Giulani quotes are over 15 years old."
What does that mean??? Someone makes a statement, and if it's old, it is to be disregarded? We are talking about core beliefs here, and he does not have any that I would subscribe to. I don't want any more RINO's!!!!!! I'm tired of holding my nose when I vote. Give me someone that is the real deal.
It means that no recent quotes to make the point could be found. If Rudy were so horrible, why couldn't the poster come up with anything more recent than 1989 or 1999?
Do old quotes change Giuliani's positions? Does a leopard change its spots?
Importing voters from Mexico has changed the electorate, but it doesn't seem to be working as some had hoped.
Yup. And if the wire were down to Rudy vs. Lurch, a lot of FReepers would go for Lurch. There's almost as much bashing towards Rudy as there is towards The Beast. IMOHO