7/27/04 10:00 AM EST
Poll Shows Shift To Bush On Terror Issue
Peter Jennings reported last night as ABC's lead story that "a month ago when we asked registered voters which candidate they trusted more to handle the war on terrorism, it was even. Today, 55% say they trust the President more, 37% trust Senator Kerry more." Jennings, referring to the new ABC-Washington Post poll, added, "A month ago, 55% of people told us that John Kerry was the candidate who better understood their problems. Today, it is 46%. And the famous horse race number, if the election were held today, 48% would vote for President Bush, and 46% for Mr. Kerry." Commented analyst George Stephanopoulos, "The biggest problem for Sen. Kerry, the numbers on terrorism, an 18-point deficit.In the post-9/11 environment, if he doesn't close those numbers on the Commander-in-Chief, he can't win." The Washington Post adds this morning, "A growing proportion of voters say Bush and not Kerry is the candidate who most closely shares their values, and four in 10 believe the Democrat is 'too liberal.' Bush has even narrowed the gap on which candidate better understands their problems, an area in which Kerry has led."