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TIME Poll: Election 2004
Sat Aug 28 2004 11:39:25 ET
46% WOULD VOTE FOR PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH, 44% WOULD VOTE FOR JOHN KERRY, AND 5% FOR RALPH NADER
More Than 3 in 4 (77%) Have Seen, Heard or Read About Swift Boat Attack Ads; A Majority (56%) Say Ads are ‘Politics as Usual,’ While Almost 1 in 3 (35%) Say ‘Some Truth’ to Ads
Only 39% Approve of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and 49% Think He Should Not Be Kept In Bush’s Cabinet if Re-Elected; 74% Approval for Secretary of State Colin Powell
New York – If the 2004 election for President were being held today, 46% of likely voters surveyed would vote for President George W. Bush, 44% would vote for Democratic nominee John Kerry, and 5% would vote for Ralph Nader. In the two-way race, 46% would vote for Bush and 46% would vote for Kerry, according to a new TIME poll.
SWIFT BOAT ATTACK ADS
More than 3 in 4 (77%) have seen or heard about the ads attacking Kerry’s Vietnam military service record. A majority (56%) who saw the ads say it’s just politics as usual. However, almost 1 in 3 voters (35%) say there’s "some truth" to the accusations. Almost 3 in 4 (72%) of those who saw the ads say they had no impact on their vote intentions. About equal numbers say the ads made them more anti-Kerry (13%) or more pro-Kerry (14%). Almost 1 in 4 swing voters (25%) who saw the ads say that there’s some truth to the accusations.
Kerry’s favorability rating is at to 44% favorable and 33% unfavorable, down from 53% favorable and 29% unfavorable in early August. Bush’s favorability rating is at to 46% favorable and 39% unfavorable. More than half (53%) have a favorable opinion of Laura Bush, while 25% have a favorable opinion of Teresa Heinz Kerry .
Only 39% approve of the job that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has done and 37% disapprove. Voters are split on whether Bush should replace Rumsfeld, with 49% saying he should be replaced, and 48% saying he should stay. Of the four cabinet members TIME asked about, Secretary of State Colin Powell gets the highest approval rating of 74% with 85% saying that he should stay if Bush is re-elected. More than half (52%) approve of the job that National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice has done as a member of Bush’s cabinet while 25% disapprove, and 68% think Rice should be kept in the job. And Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has a 44% favorable and 25% unfavorable rating with 61% saying that he should also stay a member of Bush’s cabinet. Overall Bush’s cabinet gets a 50% favorable and 36% unfavorable rating.