Strange as it may seem, what with him being on the top of the Republican candidates in practically every poll, there are a lot of Americans who say they do not know enough about Rudy Giuliani to give an opinion of what his presidency would be like, but those who do have an opinion, have a definite opinion. The Gallup Organization conducted a poll July 23-26, asking voters what they thought the best and worse of a Giuliani presidency would be.
He comes out very strong on his ability to handle terrorism, strong leadership and the ability to perform in a crisis.
Where he does not come out so good is his lack of experience on the national level, there are those who say he is too conservative and those who say he is too liberal and he does not rate high with voters on his personal morality and style.
Members of his own party are the ones who are expressing concern over him being too liberal and they are also the ones with the question about his morality.
When they asked respondents what they thought the best or most positive thing about a Giuliani presidency would be, almost half were unable to give an answer. Even though he has high name recognition, and many give him a favorable rating, voters still do not know enough to be able to talk about what his presidency would be like.
Some gave more than one answer, which accounts for totals adding up to more than 100%.
What’s positive about Giuliani? Here are the results:
* On good on terrorism/security/handling of Sept. 11 he gets a 15% response
* On being a strong leader 7%
* On being decisive, taking charge and getting things done 5%
* On being likeable 5%,
* For being good on the economy and being a fiscal conservative 4%
* For being good in a crisis, 3%
* For doing a good job in NYC 3%
* For being a moderate 3%
* For being a good communicator 3%
* For being a republican 2%
* For being someone who would bring change 2%
* For being good on crime 2%
* For his experience in general 2%
* For being a conservative 1%
* For being intelligent 1%
* For being pro choice 1%
* Other 6%
Those who said nothing came to 20% and those with no opinion 27%.
When they asked what the worse thing would be, here are the results:
* On being inexperienced 15%
* His marital problems and questionable morality 7%
* Another republican in office 7%
* Being pro choice 5%
* Too liberal 5%
* The chance he would continue the policies of the Bush Administration 4%
* He would continue the war in Iraq 3%
* He is untrustworthy 3%
* Lack of foreign policy experience 3%
* His methods of dealing with crime 3%
* He is too conservative 2%
* Being abrasive, stubborn and temperamental, he is too polarizing 2%
* Being from New York 1%
* His support of gay rights 1%
* Being pro gun control 1%
* Other 5%
* Nothing 8%
One thing to make note of is the fact that fewer people had no comment when it came to mentioning what they thought the worse part of his presidency would be than when they were asked what the best would be.
Source: the gasllup Organization http://www.galluppoll.com/