Giuliani Has Uniquely Broad Based Political Appeal
Gallup’s Lydia Saad reports that Rudy Giuliani is the only candidate running for president this cycle that has broad support among “their political base, political independents, and even members of the opposing party.”
With relatively high ratings from Republicans, independents, and Democrats, Giuliani enjoys the most positive national image of the six presidential frontrunners (+44 net favorable). He is followed fairly closely by McCain and Obama. These three also have a sizeable number of Americans expressing no opinion of them (at least 12%), which provides some valuable opportunity to improve their ratings as more people get to know them.
Gore has the lowest national image score (+7). Not only does he receive mixed reviews from independents and poor reviews from Republicans, his image among Democrats is far from optimal. Clinton’s national image sore (+18) is only slightly better, specifically because she is nearly universally applauded by Democrats.
Giuliani has a lot of potential to drop, of course, as the public perception of him as a post-9/11 hero meets up with the reality of him as a politician. As the frontrunner, he’ll be the target of the most negative ads and fire from his opponents. We’ll see how he stands up to that.
Obama presumably has the most room for growth, simply because he’s not particularly well known. Then again, that could work as much to his disadvantage, as he’s forced to take stances on divisive issues.
Al Gore’s low standings are interesting, as he’s the subject of a little boomlet at the moment with the Oscar win, a “Washington Whispers” piece speculating that he’s made so much money in the private sector the last couple of years that he could self-finance a late bid, and a Politico column by Mike Allen about clamoring for such a run.