Giuliani leads in N.J.

A New Jersey poll released today by Quinnipiac University shows Sen. Hillary Clinton gaining on former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in a head-to-head match-up for the presidency.

Giuliani leads Clinton 47%-44% mong New Jersey voters, a margin narrowed since April when Quinnipiac had Giuliani leading against Clinton, 49% to 40%.

But in three-way race with New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg chewing into Giulaini’s lead and giving an even 36% to Giuliani and Clinton while earning 18% of the vote himself.

"Sen. Hillary Clinton is growing stronger in New Jersey, and now trails former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani by just 3% in a head to head match-up, compared with nine points in the last poll. And if Mayor Michael Bloomberg runs as an independent, he takes more votes from Giuliani, making the three-way race too close to call," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Giuliani and Clinton remain the frontrunners in New Jersey in their respective parties, according to the poll. Among New Jersey Democratic voters, Clinton earns 37%, former Vice President Al Gore (who has not announced he is a candidate) receives 18%, Sen. Barack Obama receives 15%, and former Sen. John Edwards receives 6%. Among New Jersey Republican voters, Giulaini gets 46%, Sen. John McCain receives 11%, former Sen. Fred Thompson (who has not announced he is a candidate) gets 9% and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney gets 7%.

President George W. Bush continues his freefall, as his disapproval/approval ratings in the state stand at 74% to 21%, according to Quinnipiac.

“President Bush’s approval rating has hit an all time low of just 21% – lower than we've ever measured for a President in any state or national poll,” Richards said.
Giuliani leads in N.J.