New York to Country: 'C'mere!'

Registered New York state voters favored Clinton over Giuliani, 53 percent to 39 percent. In a matchup with McCain, she would win New Yorkers, 55 percent to 36 percent, according to the poll.

Clinton is coming off a smashing victory in her Senate race, which may give her an edge at the moment. But it's clear that New Yorkers like both the former first lady and the former mayor of the Big Apple.

Finally, leaving out the rest of the state, how do registered voters in New York City alone rate the home-staters?

A new Quinnipiac University Institute Polling poll found the city folk rated Clinton as the best prospective president.

When asked who would make a "great" president, they put Clinton first with 28 percent, followed by Giuliani at 14 percent, Bloomberg at 7 percent, and Pataki at 3 percent.

The director of the polling institute, Maurice Carroll, said, "New Yorkers are a tough crowd. Mayor Bloomberg, Gov. George Pataki, and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani all fail to hit the 50-percent mark as potentially 'good' presidents, let alone 'great.'"

"The one New York star," he said, "who a lot of politicians think might really run -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton -- scores the highest."

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