Sunday, October 03, 2004

Newsweek Poll: Bush lead evaporates

In a two-way race:
Sen. John Kerry/Sen. John Edwards: 49 %
George W. Bush/Dick Cheney: 46 %

In a three-way race:
Kerry/Edwards: 47 %
Bush/Cheney: 45 %
Nader/Camejo: 2 %

Read the whole article if you want to see some good news. Many of the poll's internal findings are trending for Kerry and against Bush. For instance, Bush's approval rating is down to 46 %.

I hope this poll makes everyone excited, but not complacent. It's certainly good news, though. It shows that if Kerry keeps up the good work, then his chances of victory are increasing by the day.


Blogger Eric Cioffoletti said...

In the immortal words of Mr. Burns: "excellent." This is exactly what Kerry needed to start his late-campaign charge against Bush. The very same kind of comeback that allowed him to make a fool of Howard Dean in the Democratic primary.

But yeah there's still a lot of work to be done. Bush will be better in the next two debates since he now realizes that he was underprepared for the first one. As long as Kerry turns out the same kind of performance that he did in this first debate, he'll be okay.

Bush kept saying how hard the president's job is. I kept waiting for Kerry to counter and say, "If it's so hard, why are you running for re-election?" Okay so maybe that would be a little strong. But what Kerry needs for the next debate is a moment that defines him as the better candidate. In 1980, Reagan asked Americans if they were better off now than they were four years ago. If Kerry can push through some relevant slogan that is effective, I'll bet he will win over the minds of much of middle America.

Don't worry though. Kerry will win this election. Bush isn't a strong enough public speaker to have a definitive victory in these debates. At the very least, he might be able to get Kerry into a tie so to speak.

October 3, 2004 at 11:50 PM  

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