Updated 05/05/2011 11:35 PM
NY1 Exclusive: NY1-Marist Poll Finds Giuliani Has Most State Republican Support; Trump Trails Far Behind
Despite all of the attention Donald Trump is getting, an exclusive NY1-Marist poll finds that most New York State voters do not want to hire him as the next president, and the same goes for many other potential GOP contenders. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
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Businessman Donald Trump might want to declare his potential presidential bid bankrupt when he hears how many voters in New York do not want him to run for president.
A whopping 75 percent of state voters say they do not want Trump to lead the country. According to an exclusive NY1-Marist Poll, it does not get much better in Trump's own party, as 66 percent of registered Republicans think it is not a good idea.
The news is even worse for another not-so-favorite son of New York, as 76 percent of voters would rather former Governor George Pataki not become the country’s chief executive. Among state Republicans, 64 percent agree it is not the race for him.
"I didn't think he did a fantastic job as governor of New York, so I would not vote for him for president," said a New Yorker.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie would also have a lot of doubters to win over if he came over the Hudson, as 66 percent of New York State voters do not want him to do it. Also, 60 percent of state Republicans would rather Christie not travel south to D.C.
"You mean the guy across the river? No," said a New Yorker.
It is tough for any GOP candidate to generate positive poll numbers in the state. The last Republican presidential candidate to carry the state was Ronald Reagan back in 1984.
Even two Republican politicians who managed to conquer the liberal-leaning New York City would also get barraged in a grisly state battle.
About 64 percent of state voters do not want Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is now an independent, to run and about 57 percent of Republicans are against it.
Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani does the best in the field, with 60 percent of state voters against his sitting in the Oval Office, and only 48 percent of Republicans find the idea distasteful.
In fact, Giuliani fairs the fairest in the state if the 2012 Republican presidential primary were held today, as 23 percent of registered Republicans would support him.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney pulls in 20 percent, to land second place.
The rest of the potential GOP candidates would have more work to do, as former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin only gets 12 percent, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee only gets 10 percent and Trump only has 7 percent.
The margin of error for the questions with registered voters is +/- 5 percent, and +/- 7 percent for registered GOP voters.