In the polls

By Geraldine Sealey
Published February 25, 2004 9:38PM (UTC)
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John Kerry leads John Edwards in Ohio (March 2 primary), 53 percent to 30 percent, SurveyUSA says. Dennis Kucinich, an Ohioan, is polling at 10 percent.

A new Field poll in California shows that either Kerry or Edwards would beat Bush there. Bush's approval rating among California voters has gone from 52 percent to 43 percent, the lowest since he became president. The poll also shows that Kerry has a commanding lead in Tuesday's primary race. Democrats prefer Kerry by a 60 percent to 19 percent margin over Edwards.


USA Today looks at a poll that shows a decline in support for free trade. "High-income Americans have lost much of their enthusiasm for free trade as they perceive their own jobs threatened by white-collar workers in China, India and other countries."

"Rising anxiety about free trade could intensify an already fierce political battle this election year," the paper says. "In the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., has gained some ground on front-runner Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., by hitting Kerry's support for free-trade agreements that critics say have cost American jobs. The Democratic nominee is expected to use the trade issue against President Bush, whose administration has generally been supportive of free trade."

Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at

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