Polls Show Police Shootings Hurting Giuliani in NY Senate Race

July 7, 2008 - 8:25 PM

(CNSNews.com) - The recent spate of police shootings against unarmed individuals in New York City is damaging the Senate campaign of Mayor Rudi Giuliani against his Democratic opponent, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The most recent survey, conducted by Zogby International, for the New York Post, showed Clinton ahead, 45 percent to 42 percent. With a margin of error of 3.8 percent, the race is considered a statistical dead heat. Three weeks ago, the same poll showed the mayor with a seven point lead. Mrs Clinton has not run ahead of the mayor in the last seven Zogby polls.

In a prepared statement, Pollster Frank Zogby said, "It's not that she is doing better. It's that he is doing worse. We've seen the tide turn."

According to the pollster, the mayor's decline, especially among Jewish and Hispanic voters, is attributable to his handling of the death of Patrick Dorismond, shot 10 days ago. Dorismond was the third highly publicized victim of a shooting by undercover New York City officers in the last year.

In responding to the shooting, Giuliani released sealed court documents detailing the man's criminal record as a juvenile. At the time of his death, Dorismond was the 26-year-old father of two.

In a recent but earlier poll done for the New York Daily News, 72 percent of those surveyed said the police use of deadly force has gotten out of hand while only 18 percent disagreed. The survey found 47 percent of those responding calling for the ouster of Police Commissioner Howard Safir, a Giuliani appointee.