September 17, 2004


Poll finds doubts on Bush, but trouble for Kerry (Adam Nagourney and Janet Elder,, September 18, 2004, NY Times)

In one particularly troublesome sign for Kerry, a majority of voters said that he is spending too much time attacking Bush and talking about the past, rather than explaining what he would do as president.

By contrast, a majority said Bush has offered a clear vision of what he wants to do in a second term. [...]

The Times/CBS News Poll had Bush with 50 percent of the vote, compared with 42 percent for Kerry. When Ralph Nader, an independent candidate, is included, Bush leads by 50 percent to 41 percent, with Nader drawing 3 percent of the vote. [...]

The Times/CBS News nationwide telephone poll of 1,088 registered voters was conducted last Sunday through Thursday. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus three percentage points.

The poll found that 61 percent of respondents now expect Bush to win the election in November; that is up from 44 percent in March.

The Times/CBS News poll began 10 days after the Republican convention, by which point - if history is any guide - the normal post-convention boost candidates typically enjoy has faded.

No one else would be doing much better given the good economy and Mr. Bush's incumbency, but Mr. Kerry's decision to go personally negative before establishing a positive image with voters has the potential to depress his own turnout and that of fellow Democrats, which would be catastrophic.

Poll: Bush Opens Lead Over Kerry (CBS News, Sept. 17, 2004)

Bush appears to have done a much better job mobilizing the support of his base of traditionally Republican voters than Kerry has with some traditionally Democratic groups:

Bush receives the support of nearly nine in ten Republicans; only 7 percent plan to support Kerry. Bush also has the votes of nearly eight in ten conservatives, and he solidly receives the vote of an important voting bloc that has traditionally backed Republicans -- white evangelicals. Conservative white evangelicals are even stronger in their support for the President.

While Kerry does have the votes of most liberals, a sizable chunk -- 20 percent -- support Bush. That is more than the percentage of conservatives who are crossing over to support Kerry. One historical source of support for Democratic candidates -- union households -- has yet to solidly back Kerry. Kerry receives just under half of the vote from this group, and nearly four in ten voters who live in a union household plan to support Bush. Nearly all African American voters are supporting Kerry.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 17, 2004 8:18 PM

The poll findings suggest that Kerry has suffered considerable damage after a summer in which he was the subject of mostly unsubstantiated attacks on his Vietnam war record by a group of veterans with ties to Bush's campaign...

Nearly three-quarters of respondents said they had heard at least something about the attacks by a group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that raised questions - not supported by evidence - about the battle circumstances under which Kerry won medals. And of those, one-quarter said they considered the group's charges "mostly true."

I love these NYT write-ups on their polls. So balanced.

Posted by: John at September 17, 2004 8:37 PM

Lurch seems to have lurched left. Haliburton. Rumors about reserve call-ups. I assume the elders have gone to him and said you must said "you must protect the base."

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at September 17, 2004 8:52 PM

The devastating part of this poll is women support Bush 49% to 42% for Kerry. Kerry doesn't have any chance if this continues.

Posted by: jd watson at September 17, 2004 9:41 PM

The NYT is behind the curve. Bush is talking about the economy (based on CSPAN campaign appearances I've viewed), with a few shots aimed at Kerry's inconsistencies. Iraq is old news.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at September 17, 2004 9:53 PM

Can anyone tell me WHY most African Americans are voting for Kerry? Anyone? I thought so...

Posted by: Murf at September 18, 2004 12:41 AM



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