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Re: Rudy Has Most Appeal to Republicans

On those poll numbers that John and others have mentioned regarding Giuliani, I don’t think it’s quite right to say that the poll really demonstrates that “Rudy has the most appeal among Republicans.” Rather, the poll merely shows that more Republicans find him acceptable than any other candidate. In an election, there’s an important distinction to be drawn between being merely widely “acceptable” and actually “having the most appeal”: You can be considered “acceptable” by a lot of people without being the first choice of a single one of them. So even though Rudy might be just plain “acceptable” to most Republicans, it still might be the case that all of them have a stronger preference for someone else.

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