August 30, 2004


Kerry Loses Edge On Issues Of Security (Richard Morin and Christopher Muste, August 31, 2004, Washington Post)

The new poll found that a slight majority of registered voters -- 53 percent -- say Bush is more qualified than Kerry to be commander in chief, while 43 percent say they prefer the Democratic nominee. At the end of the Democratic convention, Kerry enjoyed an eight-point advantage over Bush on that question. Taken together, the results of the poll suggest that Bush's recent gains have come from eroding perceptions of Kerry and not as a consequence of improved views of Bush's performance as president. [...]

A total of 1,207 randomly selected adults was interviewed Aug. 26-29, including 945 registered voters and 775 likely voters. The margin of sampling error for the subsample of likely voters is plus or minus three percentage points; it is slightly smaller for all voters.

Bush's job approval rating stands at 50 percent, where it has largely been for the past six months. Fewer than half of all voters -- 45 percent -- approve of the job Bush is doing on the economy, unchanged from recent Post-ABC News polls. Fewer than half also approve of the way he is dealing with the situation in Iraq, also unchanged.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 30, 2004 11:00 PM

Looking at your reviews page I see nothing by Tim O'Brien. I would think
The Things They Carried a worthy subject for you.

Posted by: joe shropshire at August 31, 2004 12:28 AM

Aagh. The Things They Carried

Posted by: joe shropshire at August 31, 2004 1:42 AM

What the definition of 'is' is: the Washington Post defines a 53% to 43% advantage in who is more qualified to be commander-in-chief as a 'slight majority.'

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at August 31, 2004 2:11 AM

GAC was a good read; TTTC was a DRAG.

Posted by: at August 31, 2004 2:11 PM