Polling snapshot: President Giuliani?

For a moment in time, America's Mayor leads Clinton, Obama and . . . Gore?

Published May 3, 2007 12:55PM (EDT)

It's way too early for polling to mean too much in the 2008 presidential race, and national polls aren't the ones that really matter anyway. But for what it's worth, a national Quinnipiac University poll out this morning provides a look at possible head-to-head matchups: Rudy Giuliani leads Barack Obama 44-41 percent, Hillary Clinton 49-40 percent and Al Gore -- who isn't in the race -- 48-41 percent; John McCain is tied with Obama at 42 percent but leads Clinton 46-41 and Gore 47-41.

In party races, the poll has Clinton losing some support among Democratic voters but holding on well enough to lead Obama by 14 points, Gore by 18 points and John Edwards by 20 points. A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll suggests that Obama and, to a lesser degree, Edwards poll much closer to Clinton if Gore isn't part of the question. On the Republican side, the poll has Giuliani losing ground among GOP voters but still holding on well enough to lead McCain by 8 points, Fred Thompson by 13 points and Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney by 19 points each.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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