In the polls


Geraldine Sealey
February 23, 2004 9:56PM (UTC)

In the latest Newsweek poll a hypothetical Kerry-Edwards ticket beats Bush-Cheney. More than half (54 percent) of registered voters named Kerry as their first choice for the Democratic nomination. Edwards, still a distant second at 19 percent, doubled his support since the last Newsweek poll.

The AP picks up on a section of the Newsweek poll focusing on jobs. Nine in 10 Americans say American jobs and foreign competition will be important issues in the 2004 elections. 55 percent disapprove of how Bush is handling jobs and foreign competition. Although, when asked which presidential candidate would do best in handling jobs and foreign competition, 35 percent said Bush and 31 percent Kerry. 18 percent said John Edwards.

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As for Super Tuesday (March 2), the Marist Poll released Friday showed Kerry with a daunting lead in New York over John Edwards: 66 percent to 14 percent. In California, Kerry leads with 56 percent, and Howard Dean and John Edwards have 11 percent and 10 percent, respectively. (The polling ended the day before the Wisconsin primary, before Dean left the race). The Public Policy Institute of California poll shows that any Democrat nominee would get more votes than Bush (54 to 37 percent) in California if the election were held today. In January, the race was tied at 45 percent between a Democrat and Bush.

Bush's support is sliding in two states that conducted polls recently. Bush's approval rating slipped to its lowest in New Hampshire.

Both Kerry and Edwards would beat Bush in Illinois.


Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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