Poll Shows National Security Is Public's Top Concern
The AP reports on a Pew Research Center poll that shows "concern about national security is dominating public attention in the final months of the presidential campaign because of continuing fears of terrorism and unhappiness about the war in Iraq." Pew Research Center director Andrew Kohut said, "For the first time since the Vietnam era, national security issues are looming larger than economic issues in an election year." Such issues "as war, terrorism and foreign policy were named as the most important facing the nation by four people in 10, while one-fourth of those polled said economic issues were most important. In January, national security issues were even with economic issues in this poll."
Bush Approval 46% Among Adults In Pew Research Poll.
A Pew Research Center poll of 1512 adults, conducted over August 5-10 (+/- 3%), shows 46% "approve of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as President"; 45% disapprove; 9% don't know.
Gallup Analysis Finds Bush Consolidating Base Support.
The Gallup organization last night issued an analysis of the presidential race, in which pollster Frank Newport concludes President George W. Bush "has over the last two months consolidated his base vote in core Republican states and made slight inroads in swing states in the process of moving to a somewhat more competitive position against John Kerry." Bush's "inroads on Kerry among registered voters overall resulted from a significant increase in Bush support in core Republican states, and a modest increase in the so-called showdown states."
Bush Team Believes Momentum Turning In Bush's Favor.
Even as Kerry-Edwards campaign officials believe they are besting President Bush on key issues in the presidential campaign, several top Bush insiders interviewed this week claim that they are also turning a corner and their effort is getting stronger as the President readies for his nominating convention. Bush officials believe that they got a big break when Kerry, challenged by Bush to restate his position on Iraq, bit and appeared to give a slightly different version of his support for initially invading Iraq. The Bush-Cheney team also believes that Kerry is building a campaign based on the presumption that Bush will falter or make a mistake and, said the official, "Bush hasn't done that."
Bush Camp Seeking Votes Of Female, Hispanic Undecideds.
In the battle over the 15 percent to 20 percent of voters who remain undecided on the presidential race, the White House has decided to focus on suburban women and Hispanics. Insiders claim that the Bush-Cheney team has somewhat squandered their support due to the current economic uncertainty and prosecution of the war in Iraq. But, said one top adviser, "We haven't lost them yet. We can win them back." The current strategy to woo the undecideds is for President Bush to campaign with his wife, who is very popular among the groups, push a positive message on TV and talk up his strategy for winning the war. The Bush adviser said that many undecideds are suburban mothers whose husbands back Bush but who have soured on the war.
Polls Show Kerry Ahead Of Bush In Pennsylvania.
The AP reports Kerry "is maintaining a slight lead over President Bush in the battleground state of Pennsylvania with crucial support from veterans and military families, according to a poll released Wednesday. The Quinnipiac University survey shows Kerry with a slight advantage over Republican Bush, 47 percent to 42 percent, with independent candidate Ralph Nader capturing 4 percent. Last month, the same poll showed Kerry with the same edge a five-point, 46-41, advantage over Bush in the state."
The Philadelphia Daily News reports this morning that the latest Franklin & Marshall Daily News/CN8 Keystone Poll of 660 registered Pennsylvania voters taken 8/2-8/15 shows Kerry up 48 to 42 percent, with Ralph Nader picking up 3 percent and only 7 percent undecided.
Kerry Leads By Seven In Connecticut.
A Quinnipiac University Poll of 1079 registered Connecticut voters (+/-3%) taken 8/12-8/17 has John Kerry leading George Bush 45%-38% with Ralph Nader pulling 6%. In a two-way race, Kerry leads Bush 48%-40%. In a similar survey released June 30, Kerry lead Bush 50%-32% with 9% undecided.