Giuliani Electable as Third-Party Candidate with 37 Percent Support in Latest Straw Poll

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Rudy Giuliani, a republican presidential hopeful, may find more success running as an independent because of his moderate political views, according to PresidentPolls2008.com. A recent straw poll showed that Giuliani -- running as an independent -- would garner almost 2.5 times the support as republican candidate John McCain.

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His poll numbers are high and his approval numbers are the best of all 2008 presidential candidates. But many are starting to question the long-term viability of Rudy Giuliani as the republican nominee because of his not-so-conservative political views, says PresidentPolls2008.com.

According to the U.S. presidential election poll-tracking Web site, once the primary season comes around and the "true" conservatives start to vote, that demographic may begin to sway away from "America's mayor." Since Giuliani has mass appeal among independents and moderates on both sides, this leaves voters with a very interesting scenario:

What if John McCain wins the primary? How would Giuliani fare if he ran as an independent?

PresidentPolls2008.com ran a two-week straw poll on its Web site ending on March 31. The poll read, "Who Do You Support For President?" and the answer choices were in the following order:

a) McCain (R), b) Giuliani (I), and c) Hillary Clinton (D).
Party affiliations were placed in parentheses.

Results showed Clinton leading with 47 percent, followed by Giuliani at 37 percent, and McCain receiving 16 percent of 264 total votes cast. Giuliani had nearly 2.5 times the support as McCain, and these initial results seem to indicate McCain to be unelectable at election time -- in large part because of his conservative policies, according to PresidentPolls2008.com. Giuliani -- a much more moderate figure -- could reap the rewards, and receive much of McCain's party support. The poll indicated that Giuliani has solid backing from independents, moderates, and party loyalists.

On the democratic side, Clinton has been polled to have as high as a 47 percent no-vote response, and Barack Obama has far less of a definite no-vote result -- and may end up being a more electable candidate in the general election for this very reason, according to the Web site.

The previous month, PresidentPolls2008.com ran a straw poll across party lines, and noted the following percentages indicating overall support: Democratic Party (51 percent); Republican Party (41 percent), and Independent Party (8 percent). These numbers made sense because a large majority of independents are republicans dissatisfied with the war in Iraq, and are unsure how they will place their votes, explained the site. The results also closely match a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, which found that only 35 percent of Americans aligned themselves with the Republican Party, while 50 percent sided with the Democratic Party.

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PresidentPolls2008.com archives the national and state presidential election polls from top-polling companies and Web sites, and also provides biographical information and links to the latest videos of all of the democratic candidates and republican candidates.

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