Kerry and Edwards Both Lead Bush By Double Digits In Latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll
Sing Fat Lady, Sing! Karl will be up late tonight.
Yes, it is only February. Yes, Rove will spend $200 million smearing these guys. But as I go forward with this story, keep in mind this poll was taken through yesterday, of likely voters, and reflects the thoughts of voters after the initial White House efforts to attack Kerry, and their spin campaign on the economy and the war on terra’.
According to the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll just released, both John Kerry and John Edwards would beat Bush by double digits among likely voters. Kerry is now up to 55% against Bush’s 43%, and Edwards himself is up to 54% against Bush’s 44%. And this is with Bush having an approval rating of 51%, so there is room for these numbers to go higher against Bush if his approval rating goes down further. Kerry has a higher favorability rating in this poll than does Bush, and by a 44%-34% margin, those polled amongst likely voters think that Kerry would be a better president than Bush.
Continuing a decline that has gone on for more than a year, 55% of those surveyed said Bush was honest and trustworthy. That compares to 59% the last time the question was asked in November, and 70% when the question was asked in early January 2003. Sixty-one percent of those surveyed said Kerry was honest and trustworthy.
The poll indicated Americans felt better about Bush the person than they did about his job performance. Majorities said Bush has strong moral character and is a strong and decisive leader, but less than a majority said Bush generally agrees with them on important issues and has a clear plan for solving the country's problems.
And only 42 percent agreed Bush did his duty for the country during the Vietnam era, compared to 68 percent for Kerry.
How does Bush turn this around, aside from smearing Kerry and Edwards with the corporate war chest to bring their negatives up? Well, he won’t be able to count on consumer confidence any time soon, as ABC News reports today that it is hitting the skids.