The latest US polls found that Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has managed what few before him have done: he walked away from four days of party cheerleading in Boston without creating a post-convention "bounce" of public support.
A CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll concluded that not only had Mr Kerry's campaign not benefited from the party's national conference, but the president, George Bush, had actually gained ground. Among likely voters, Mr Bush led Mr Kerry by 50% to 46%, compared to a pre-convention poll where Mr Kerry led 47% to 46%. Independent candidate Ralph Nader held fairly steady at 2%.
Registered voters favoured Mr Kerry over Mr Bush 50% to 47%, a slight change from his 49% to 45% lead in a similar poll two weeks ago. However, with a margin of error of 3.5%, that effectively indicated a dead heat. (Sarah Left, "No Bounce for Kerry," The Guardian, August 2, 2004)
Monday, August 02, 2004
No Bounce for Kerry
Will John "I-will-double-our-special-forces-in-order-to-conduct-terrorist-operations" Kerry manage to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory?