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1,626 Respondents Updated: 2:05 p.m.

VOTE BY GENDER
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Male (45%) 31% 12% 0% 2% 54% 1% *
Female (55%) 28% 17% 1% 3% 49% 0% 1%


VOTE BY RACE AND GENDER
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
White Men (33%) 22% 6% * 1% 68% 2% *
White Women (38%) 19% 11% * 2% 66% 0% 1%
Non-White Men (12%) 54% 26% 1% 5% 14% * *
Non-White Women (17%) 48% 31% 2% 6% 12% * *


VOTE BY RACE
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
White (71%) 21% 9% * 1% 67% 1% 1%
African-American (26%) 53% 32% 2% 5% 8% * *
Latino (2%) * * * * * * *
Asian (1%) * * * * * * *
Other (1%) * * * * * * *


VOTE BY AGE
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
18-29 (20%) 31% 15% 1% 1% 48% 2% 1%
30-44 (30%) 28% 15% 1% 4% 50% 1% 0%
45-59 (28%) 32% 16% * 4% 48% * *
60 and Older (23%) 27% 12% * * 60% * 0%


VOTE BY AGE
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
18-64 (87%) 30% 16% 1% 3% 50% 1% 1%
65 and Older (13%) 27% 10% * * 62% * *


VOTE BY INCOME
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Under $15,000 (13%) 41% 21% * 2% 31% 1% 3%
$15-30,000 (19%) 30% 22% * 3% 44% 1% 1%
$30-50,000 (23%) 29% 14% 1% 4% 51% 1% *
$50-75,000 (20%) 24% 11% 1% 1% 61% 2% 0%
$75-100,000 (11%) 28% 10% * 3% 59% * *
$100-150,000 (9%) 16% 13% * 6% 65% * *
$150-200,000 (4%) 28% 10% * 1% 62% * *
$200,000 or More (2%) * * * * * * *


VOTE BY INCOME
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Less Than $50,000 (54%) 32% 18% 0% 3% 44% 1% 1%
$50,000 or More (46%) 24% 11% 0% 2% 61% 1% 0%


VOTE BY INCOME
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Less Than $100,000 (85%) 30% 16% 0% 2% 50% 1% 1%
$100,000 or More (15%) 21% 11% * 4% 64% * *


VOTE BY EDUCATION
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
No High School (7%) 32% 26% * 2% 39% * 1%
H.S. Graduate (27%) 32% 17% * 1% 49% * 1%
Some College (31%) 30% 14% 1% 3% 52% 1% 0%
College Graduate (21%) 21% 10% 1% 3% 61% 2% 1%
Postgrad Study (14%) 29% 17% * 5% 49% * *


VOTE BY EDUCATION
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
No College Degree (65%) 31% 17% 0% 2% 49% 0% 1%
College Graduate (35%) 24% 13% 0% 4% 56% 1% 1%


VOTE BY PARTY ID
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Democrat (42%) 52% 27% 1% 4% 16% * 0%
Republican (41%) 7% 2% * 1% 88% 2% 0%
Independent (18%) 22% 18% * 3% 53% 1% 2%


VOTE BY IDEOLOGY
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Liberal (17%) 51% 21% * 5% 21% 1% 0%
Moderate (44%) 31% 19% 1% 3% 44% 1% 1%
Conservative (40%) 15% 8% 0% 1% 75% 0% 0%


HAVE YOU EVER VOTED BEFORE?
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
No (7%) 41% 18% * 3% 35% 2% 2%
Yes (93%) 27% 15% 0% 3% 54% 1% 0%


VOTE BY RELIGION
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Protestant (49%) 27% 15% 1% 2% 53% 1% 1%
Catholic (38%) 26% 10% * 2% 61% 1% 0%
Jewish (1%) * * * * * * *
Other (6%) 39% 34% * 7% 19% * *
None (5%) 49% 23% * 4% 23% * *


ARE YOU A WHITE CONSERVATIVE PROTESTANT?
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Yes (15%) 5% 4% * 0% 91% * *
No (85%) 34% 17% 1% 3% 44% 1% 1%


WHITE EVANGELICAL/BORN-AGAIN?
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Yes (27%) 15% 8% * 0% 74% 1% 1%
No (73%) 35% 17% 1% 3% 43% 1% 0%


VOTE BY CHURCH ATTENDANCE
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
More Than Weekly (21%) 30% 14% * 2% 52% 1% 0%
Weekly (32%) 26% 15% 1% 3% 54% 1% 0%
Monthly (16%) 33% 13% * 2% 49% 1% 1%
A Few Times a Year (21%) 28% 15% * 2% 53% 1% *
Never (8%) 31% 14% 2% 3% 47% 2% 1%


VOTE BY CHURCH ATTENDANCE
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Weekly (51%) 27% 15% 1% 3% 53% 1% 0%
Occasionally (36%) 30% 14% * 2% 52% 1% 1%
Never (8%) 31% 14% 2% 3% 47% 2% 1%


VOTE BY RELIGION AND ATTENDANCE
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Protestant/Weekly (15%) 16% 13% * 1% 69% * *
Prot./Less Often (10%) 28% 13% * 1% 58% * 0%
Catholic/Weekly (19%) 28% 10% * 2% 59% 1% 0%
Catholic/Less Often (17%) 23% 10% * 2% 62% 2% 0%
All Others (34%) 38% 20% 1% 4% 34% 1% 1%


WHEN DID YOU DECIDE WHO TO VOTE FOR?
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Today (5%) 40% 22% * 3% 34% * 1%
Last Three Days (3%) 55% 18% * 2% 25% * *
Last Week (2%) * * * * * * *
Last Month (10%) 34% 22% 1% 4% 39% * *
Before That (80%) 26% 13% 0% 2% 56% 1% 1%


WHEN DID YOU DECIDE WHO TO VOTE FOR?
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Today/Last 3 Days (8%) 47% 20% * 3% 30% * 1%
Earlier Than That (92%) 27% 15% 1% 3% 54% 1% 1%


WHEN DID YOU DECIDE WHO TO VOTE FOR?
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Within the Last Week (10%) 44% 22% * 2% 31% * 0%
Earlier Than That (90%) 27% 14% 1% 3% 54% 1% 1%


YOUR VOTE FOR PRESIDENT WAS MOSTLY...
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
For Your Candidate (74%) 25% 13% * 2% 58% 1% 1%
Against His Opponent (23%) 44% 16% 1% 5% 32% 1% 0%


HOW BUSH IS HANDLING HIS JOB
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Strongly Approve (42%) 9% 3% * 0% 85% 2% 1%
Somewhat Approve (18%) 20% 12% * 2% 65% 1% 0%
Somewhat Disapprove (12%) 45% 26% 5% 3% 22% * *
Strongly Disapprove (29%) 60% 28% * 6% 6% * 0%


HOW BUSH IS HANDLING HIS JOB
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Approve (59%) 12% 6% * 1% 79% 2% 1%
Disapprove (40%) 55% 27% 1% 5% 10% * 0%


MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Taxes (6%) 21% 18% * 2% 57% 3% *
Education (5%) 45% 17% 3% 5% 30% * *
Iraq (14%) 38% 23% * 4% 35% * 0%
Terrorism (22%) 13% 9% * 1% 76% 1% 0%
Economy/Jobs (18%) 51% 19% 1% 4% 23% 2% *
Moral Values (21%) 15% 7% * 2% 75% 1% 0%
Health Care (6%) 49% 17% * 4% 26% * 4%


MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Cares About People (14%) 44% 17% 1% 3% 35% * 0%
Religious Faith (11%) 12% 8% 3% 2% 73% 2% *
Honest/Trustworthy (10%) 22% 5% * 1% 71% * *
Strong Leader (21%) 13% 8% * 1% 75% 2% 1%
Intelligent (5%) 42% 14% * 2% 42% * *
Will Bring Change (20%) 52% 30% 1% 5% 11% 1% *
Clear Stand on Issue (15%) 18% 12% * 4% 63% 1% 1%


STATE ECONOMY
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Excellent (3%) * * * * * * *
Good (39%) 19% 7% * 1% 72% 1% 1%
Not So Good (40%) 36% 18% 1% 2% 41% 2% 0%
Poor (16%) 41% 23% 1% 8% 25% 1% 0%


COMPARED TO FOUR YEARS AGO, U.S. IS...
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Safer From Terrorism (58%) 15% 8% * 1% 74% 2% 1%
Less Safe (40%) 49% 24% 1% 5% 21% * 0%


WILL VOTES BE COUNTED ACCURATELY?
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Very Confident (50%) 23% 10% * 1% 65% 2% 0%
Somewhat Confident (40%) 33% 17% 1% 4% 43% 0% 1%
Not Very Confident (8%) 43% 23% * 6% 27% * *
Not At All Confident (2%) * * * * * * *


WILL VOTES BE COUNTED ACCURATELY?
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Confident (86%) 27% 13% 1% 2% 55% 1% 0%
Not Confident (10%) 45% 21% * 6% 27% * *


DECISION TO GO TO WAR IN IRAQ
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Strongly Approve (38%) 9% 5% * 1% 83% 2% 1%
Somewhat Approve (22%) 22% 10% * 1% 66% * *
Somewhat Disapprove (14%) 51% 18% * 5% 25% * 1%
Strongly Disapprove (25%) 50% 31% 2% 6% 10% 1% *


DECISION TO GO TO WAR IN IRAQ
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Approve (58%) 14% 7% * 1% 77% 1% 1%
Disapprove (38%) 51% 27% 1% 5% 15% 0% 0%


HOW THINGS ARE GOING FOR U.S. IN IRAQ
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Very Well (13%) 9% 4% * 0% 86% * 1%
Somewhat Well (39%) 12% 7% 1% 1% 76% 2% 1%
Somewhat Badly (21%) 39% 21% * 3% 37% * 0%
Very Badly (25%) 56% 27% 1% 7% 9% 1% 0%


HOW ARE THINGS GOING FOR U.S. IN IRAQ?
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Well (51%) 11% 6% 1% 1% 79% 2% 1%
Badly (45%) 48% 24% 0% 5% 22% 0% 0%


TRUST KERRY TO HANDLE THE ECONOMY?
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Yes (39%) 53% 27% 0% 5% 14% * 0%
No (56%) 12% 6% 0% 1% 78% 2% 1%


TRUST BUSH TO HANDLE THE ECONOMY?
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Yes (56%) 10% 5% * 1% 81% 1% 1%
No (44%) 52% 27% 1% 5% 14% 0% 0%


FAMILY'S FINANCIAL SITUATION
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Better (37%) 13% 6% * 1% 78% 1% 1%
Worse (25%) 47% 25% 1% 5% 22% * 1%
Same (37%) 32% 16% 1% 3% 46% 1% *


JOB SITUATION IN YOUR AREA
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Better Today (28%) 13% 5% * 1% 79% 1% 1%
Worse Today (37%) 45% 25% * 5% 25% * 0%
About the Same (35%) 23% 12% 1% 2% 58% 2% 1%


TRUST KERRY TO HANDLE TERRORISM?
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Yes (35%) 57% 27% 0% 4% 11% * 0%
No (60%) 12% 8% 0% 2% 76% 2% 1%


TRUST BUSH TO HANDLE TERRORISM?
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Yes (59%) 13% 7% * 1% 77% 2% 1%
No (35%) 55% 28% 1% 5% 10% * 0%


VOTE BY SIZE OF COMMUNITY
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Big Cities (-) * * * * * * *
Smaller Cities (38%) 28% 18% * 4% 51% 0% 0%
Suburbs (36%) 30% 14% 0% 1% 53% 1% 1%
Small Towns (9%) 33% 13% 4% 3% 47% * *
Rural (18%) 30% 14% * 3% 52% 1% 1%


VOTE BY SIZE OF COMMUNITY
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
Urban (38%) 28% 18% * 4% 51% 0% 0%
Suburban (36%) 30% 14% 0% 1% 53% 1% 1%
Rural (27%) 31% 13% 1% 3% 50% 1% 1%


VOTE BY REGION
TOTAL John Kennedy Melton Morrell Vitter Fontanesi Galan
New Orleans Area (22%) 28% 20% * 6% 46% 1% *
Cajun Country (32%) 37% 12% 1% 2% 47% 1% 1%
Protestant North (47%) 24% 15% 1% 2% 57% 1% 1%


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