Bush Leads Kerry By Six Points Among Likely Voters In ABC News Poll
An ABC News poll of 1806 adults, including 1461 registered voters and 1160 likely voters, conducted over October 2-4, shows: 51% of likely voters would vote for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney; 45% would vote for John Kerry and John Edwards; 1% would vote for Ralph Nader and Peter Camejo; 1% would vote for neither; 1% had no opinion. 52% of registered voters would vote for Bush and Cheney; 43% would vote for Kerry and Edwards; 2% would vote for Nader and Camejo; 1% would vote for neither; 2% had no opinion.
New Polls Give Relief To White House.
Post-presidential debate polls out today showing that President Bush is still ahead of Sen. John Kerry are providing a little breathing room in the White House and the Bush-Cheney campaigns. While instant polls found a Kerry surge, the new polls taken over the longer weekend period found that Bush was also still up over Kerry. White House insiders said that the first polls were probably more an indicator that Kerry won the debate, but that his lead wasn't boosted more because voters did like what they heard Bush say. Also, the officials said that while the national poll numbers have tightened, the state-by-state numbers in key battleground areas haven't changed much. "Look at the state-by-state numbers. It's still clearly Bush in the lead," said one Bush adviser. Another adviser said, "On the most important issues of this election, the President maintains a commanding lead. Voters trust the President because they know he is a strong leader who sticks to his beliefs and will take every step necessary to defend this nation." According to CNN's Inside Politics, however, there is "more evidence" that the first Bush-Kerry debate "helped the senator move closer to the president in the polls. We averaged together five national surveys that were taken after their face-off in Florida. In that poll of polls, Bush now is two points ahead of Kerry, 49 percent to 47 percent. In our last poll of polls before the first presidential debate, Bush led Kerry by five points. . .49 percent to 44 percent."
Morris Says Bush Is Still The Favorite.
Dick Morris was asked on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor what he thinks about the upcoming presidential election. Morris said, "This election the issues are so biased in Bush's favor that it is hard to believe that Kerry can win this race on style, and, while Bush went as far as you possibly can toward blowing the election last week in that debate, I still have to think that Bush has an edge."