Poll: Giuliani Leads McCain For GOP Nod

Rudy Giuliani John McCain
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Senator John McCain of Arizona and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani – two of the front-runners for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2008 – both enjoy favorable views from both Republican primary voters, a new CBS News poll finds, but early on in the race, voters favor Giuliani in a head-to-head match up.

Views of Giuliani are especially positive among both moderates and the conservatives that he and McCain are courting.

Voters planning to take part in a Republican primary next year think both McCain and Giuliani share their values, but would currently prefer Giuliani over McCain if the nomination fight came down to just the two of them.

PREFERENCE IF GOP NOMINATION WERE JUST MCCAIN V. GIULIANI (Among Republican Primary Voters)

Giuliani
50%
McCain
21%
Neither
13%

Both moderate and conservative primary voters say they would prefer Giuliani. Forty-eight percent of conservative voters said they would vote for Giuliani, while 21% of conservatives said they favored McCain.

Both men have been the subject of questions over how their personalities and styles of governance, as well as issue positions, might help or hinder their chances. In the poll, both are seen as having the right kind of temperament and personality to be President.

MCCAIN'S QUALITIES (Among Republican Primary Voters)

Has the right temperament to be president...
Yes
59%
No
21%

Shares your values...
Yes
60%
No
20%

GIULIANI'S QUALITIES (Among Republican Primary Voters)

Has the right temperament to be president...
Yes
76%
No
12%

Shares your values...
Yes
57%
No
23%

America's voters overall hold a mostly favorable view of McCain and have positive views of Giuliani by an even larger margin. Both men, however, remain unknown to many nationwide: half cannot yet form an opinion of McCain, and four in ten say the same of Giuliani.

OPINION OF MCCAIN (Among Registered Voters)

Favorable
31%
Not favorable
20%
Undecided
28%
Don't know enough yet
21%

OPINION OF GIULIANI (Among Registered Voters)

Favorable
41%
Not favorable
18%
Undecided
25%
Don't know enough yet
16%

To read the complete poll results, click here.