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Friday, September 03, 2004

Bush Gets His Bounce, Opens Double-Digit Lead

TIME.com Press Release: New York - For the first time since the Presidential race became a two person contest last spring, there is a clear leader, the latest TIME poll shows. If the 2004 election for President were held today, 52% of likely voters surveyed would vote for President George W. Bush, 41% would vote for Democratic nominee John Kerry, and 3% would vote for Ralph Nader, according to a new TIME poll conducted from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.

The economy: 47% trust President Bush more to handle the economy, while 45% trust Kerry.

Iraq: 53% trust Bush to handle the situation in Iraq, while 41% trust Kerry.

Terrorism: 57% trust Bush to handle the war on terrorism, while 36% trust Kerry.

Providing strong leadership: 56% said they trust Bush to provide strong leadership in difficult times, while 37% said they trust Kerry to provide leadership in difficult times.

Tax policy: 49% trust Bush to handle tax policy, while 40% trust Kerry.

Commanding the Armed Forces: 54% said they trust Bush to be commander-in-chief of the armed forces, while 39% said they trust Kerry.

Kerry scored higher than Bush on health care issues (48/42) and on "understanding the needs of the people" (47/44).

In other good news, 144,000 jobs were created in August and the unemployment rate declined to 5.4 percent.

As one of last night's comments at LGF said, Flipper is toast.