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Poll: First Lady Has Edge in N.Y.

February 20, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Hillary Rodham Clinton is the choice over New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in a hypothetical New York state election for the U.S. Senate, and 78 percent of Americans think she would be at least somewhat effective as a senator, according to polls released Saturday.

In a Time/CNN poll of registered voters in New York state, 52 percent said they would vote for Mrs. Clinton, 43 percent said they’d vote for Giuliani if the election were held now.

Newsweek magazine found in a national poll that 41 percent of respondents said Mrs. Clinton would be very effective if elected to the Senate, 37 percent said she’d be somewhat effective, 9 percent said she would be not too effective and 7 percent said she would be not at all effective.

The Newsweek poll interviewed 502 people age 18 and older on Feb. 19. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 5 percentage points. The Time/CNN poll queried 819 registered voters of New York state Feb. 17-18 and has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

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