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Bush And Kerry Tied In Garden State

Tuesday, 28 September 2004 12:00 AM

“New Jersey must be considered a tossup state at this time,” said David E. Johnson, CEO and Co-founder of Strategic Vision, LLC, “While past voting patterns still favor Kerry and the Democrats, the fact that he is tied with President Bush has to be of great concern to the Kerry Campaign.”

The poll gave President Bush an approval rating of 45%. On his handling of the economy, it gave him a 43% approval rating. On the war in Iraq, it gave the President a 48% approval rating.

“The President’s numbers increased slightly from our previous poll,” said Johnson, “On this issue of Iraq, the numbers increased the most which shows the success that the Bush-Cheney ticket is having in tying the war in Iraq to the war on terrorism. The question for Kerry is can he turn this issue against the President in the debates.”

When asked if they felt the country was going in the right direction or the wrong direction, 45% said right, 49% said wrong, and 6% were undecided.

“People in New Jersey are pessimistic about the outlook in America,” said Johnson, “This number is still not good for the President and is an advantage for John Kerry. Kerry must capitalize on this feeling with a vision of hope for the future.”

The poll showed that John Kerry’s favorable numbers were at 39%, with 39% unfavorable and 22% undecided. Edwards’ favorable numbers were 44%, with 29% unfavorable and 27% undecided. Vice President Cheney’s favorable rating stood at 43%, with 48% unfavorable and 9% undecided.

When asked who was better qualified to be president, Cheney or Edwards, respondents selected Cheney with 44%, Edwards 42%, and 14% undecided.

“Kerry’s greatest problem is that people either do not know enough about him or what they do know, they do not like,” said Johnson, “He has to come across as a charming and likeable leader in the debates to change this perception. Unfortunately for Kerry, debates tend to reinforce the image that people already have of a candidate.”

The poll gave New Jersey Governor James McGreevey an approval rating of 32% with 50% disapproving and 18% undecided.

When asked if McGreevey should have resigned earlier so that a special election could be held on the November ballot, 49% said yes, 41% said no, and 10% were undecided.

“This issue could be a silent issue that could hurt Democrats in New Jersey,” said Johnson.

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