Hillary Still Trails Rudy in NY Poll

By Bob Melvin | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - A poll taken days after first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton moved from the White House to Chappaqua, NY, showed that she still trailed New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, her likely Republican opponent in this year's US Senate race, according to Marist College on Tuesday.

In results that were unchanged from a December poll, Giuliani had the support of 49 percent of New York State's registered voters and Democrat Clinton received 40 percent, according to the January 9th and 10th survey conducted by the Poughkeepsie, NY-based Marist Institute for Public Opinion.

The poll revealed that 11 percent of voters were undecided, but when they were asked which candidate they were leaning toward, 53 percent opted for the Giuliani and 42 percent for Clinton with 5 percent undecided.

The college said 621 registered voters were interviewed by telephone for the survey, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

President Clinton and Mrs. Clinton, who plans to make the formal announcement of her candidacy in February, spent their first night in their new $1.7 million home in Chappaqua, NY, on January 5th. The first couples' move to this leafy, prosperous suburb of New York City began a year-long commuter marriage until the President leaves office.

According to wire service reports, Mrs. Clinton is the first wife of a US president to run for public office.

The Marist poll revealed that 52 percent of New York voters like the idea that Mrs. Clinton has established her principal residence in the state, but 80 percent believe it is solely for political reasons. Only 12 percent said they thought she wanted to live in New York State.