NBC News poll: Early, instant bounce

Published July 7, 2004 2:11PM (EDT)

John Kerry and John Edwards had not even appeared in public together as a ticket -- but NBC News had its pollsters dialing away for insta-reaction to Kerry's choice. It's of course way early, but the results show at least a short-term bounce for Kerry. And his selection of Edwards was, at the very least, not a negative for Kerry among those polled. Only 7 percent said they'd be less likely to vote for Kerry with Edwards on the ticket.

NBC's First Read has the first look at the NBC poll:

"Following wall-to-wall veepstakes coverage for Kerry-Edwards coming out of a long holiday weekend, a poll taken last night for NBC News by Princeton Survey Research and aired this morning on TODAY shows Kerry-Edwards beating Bush-Cheney 49% to 41%, with Nader-Camejo at 4%. President Bush's job approval rating is 45%, with 48% disapproving. Vice President Cheney's rating is 44% approve, 43% disapprove. Sample size is 504 registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 5 points."

"Sixty-three percent of those polled say Kerry's choice of Edwards as his running mate makes no difference in their decision for whom to vote; 24% say it makes them more likely to vote for Kerry, and 7% say it makes them less likely to vote for him."

By Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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