Associated Press
April , 2000

Poll: Giuliani's Lead Is Gone

By Marc Humbert

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Another poll has found that Rudolph Giuliani's lead over Senate rival Hillary Rodham Clinton has evaporated in the wake of the shooting of an unarmed black man by New York City police.

The Quinnipiac College Polling Institute survey out Wednesday had the first lady favored by 46 percent of registered voters while 43 percent backed the New York City mayor. The results amounted to a statistical tie.

A March 2 poll by the Hamden, Conn.-based institute had Giuliani leading Clinton, 48 percent to 41 percent.

Maurice Carroll, director of the polling institute, said the new figures were ''a dramatic drop'' for the mayor.

''It's the first time in months that Mrs. Clinton has been on the plus side in this very close race and there's a one-word explanation -- Dorismond,'' Carroll said.

Patrick Dorismond was fatally shot last month. In defending the police, Giuliani made public Dorismond's criminal record, including court-sealed juvenile records. That has drawn heavy criticism of the mayor, including from fellow Republicans.

Asked about the poll, Giuliani campaign spokeswoman Juleanna Glover Weiss said that ''in light of the recent media coverage, this is not unexpected.''

Statewide, 50 percent of voters said they disapproved of Giuliani's response to the Dorismond shooting, with the greatest disapproval coming from New York City (72 percent) and in the counties surrounding the city (54 percent).

It was the third poll in 10 days to show support for Clinton rising and the race at a statistical tie.

Quinnipiac's telephone poll of 1,058 registered voters was conducted March 28 through Monday and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

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