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   “Never underestimate Hillary Rodham Clinton,” Zogby says. “Take it from a man who did.”

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3/5/2003 2:40 pm

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Entered 3/5/2003, Updated 3/5/2003

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The survey of 703 likely voters, conducted by the Utica-based pollster John Zogby, shows Clinton with a 61 percent favorable rating in New York state. “It’s her highest ever,” says Zogby, “and the significance of that is that she has 30 to 35 percent of people who can’t stand her.” Looking at the results by party, Zogby found that 33 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of independents gave Clinton favorable ratings. Geographically, Clinton not only received the expected support in New York City, but also impressive — and growing — support upstate, where 56 percent of those surveyed gave her favorable ratings. The numbers give more context to polls that show Clinton polling consistently ahead of the pack of Democratic presidential candidates. Yes, some of that is the product of simple name recognition. But in New York, Clinton has shown herself capable of transforming name recognition into solid political support, even in areas where she was not naturally popular. The scary thing for Republicans is that she might be able to do it nationwide. Back in 2000, Zogby was skeptical of Clinton’s chances in the New York Senate race. Now, he’s learned his lesson. “Never underestimate Hillary Rodham Clinton,” Zogby says. “Take it from a man who did.”


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