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3,676 Respondents Updated: 2:04 p.m.

VOTE BY GENDER
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Male (47%)
55%
+2
44% 0%
Female (53%)
48%
+5
51% 1%


VOTE BY RACE AND GENDER
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
White Men (41%)
60%
n/a
39% 0%
White Women (44%)
53%
n/a
46% 0%
Non-White Men (7%)
27%
n/a
72% 0%
Non-White Women (8%)
16%
n/a
82% 2%


VOTE BY RACE
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
White (85%)
56%
+2
43% 0%
African-American (8%)
10%
+1
90% *
Latino (5%)
32%
-3
64% 4%
Asian (1%)
*
*
* *
Other (1%)
*
*
* *


VOTE BY AGE
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
18-29 (19%)
47%
+1
52% 0%
30-44 (30%)
54%
+5
45% 1%
45-59 (29%)
48%
n/a
51% 0%
60 and Older (23%)
55%
+8
45% 0%


VOTE BY AGE
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
18-64 (86%)
51%
+3
48% 1%
65 and Older (14%)
55%
+8
45% *


VOTE BY INCOME
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Under $15,000 (8%)
32%
n/a
68% *
$15-30,000 (15%)
44%
n/a
56% 0%
$30-50,000 (24%)
48%
n/a
51% 0%
$50-75,000 (25%)
57%
n/a
43% 0%
$75-100,000 (14%)
55%
n/a
44% 0%
$100-150,000 (9%)
54%
n/a
45% 1%
$150-200,000 (3%)
66%
n/a
34% *
$200,000 or More (2%)
69%
n/a
31% *


VOTE BY INCOME
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Less Than $50,000 (47%)
44%
n/a
56% 0%
$50,000 or More (53%)
57%
n/a
43% 0%


VOTE BY INCOME
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Less Than $100,000 (86%)
49%
n/a
50% 0%
$100,000 or More (14%)
59%
n/a
40% 0%


ANYONE IN HOUSEHOLD IN A UNION?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (32%)
37%
n/a
62% 1%
No (68%)
57%
n/a
42% 0%


ARE YOU A UNION MEMBER?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (18%)
35%
n/a
64% 0%
No (82%)
54%
n/a
45% 1%


DO YOU WORK FULL-TIME?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (61%)
52%
+4
47% 0%
No (39%)
48%
+0
51% 0%


ARE YOU A WORKING WOMAN?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (29%)
48%
n/a
50% 1%
No (71%)
52%
n/a
48% 0%


VOTE BY EDUCATION
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
No High School (4%)
48%
+9
52% *
H.S. Graduate (26%)
48%
n/a
51% 0%
Some College (33%)
50%
n/a
49% 0%
College Graduate (22%)
55%
+4
44% 0%
Postgrad Study (15%)
50%
+6
48% 1%


VOTE BY EDUCATION
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
No College Degree (63%)
49%
n/a
50% 0%
College Graduate (37%)
53%
n/a
46% 1%


VOTE BY PARTY ID
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Democrat (37%)
9%
-2
91% 0%
Republican (38%)
94%
+3
6% 0%
Independent (25%)
47%
+0
51% 2%


VOTE BY IDEOLOGY
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Liberal (20%)
12%
n/a
88% 0%
Moderate (47%)
44%
+0
55% 0%
Conservative (33%)
83%
+2
16% 1%


HAVE YOU EVER VOTED BEFORE?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
No (11%)
47%
+4
51% 1%
Yes (89%)
52%
+4
48% 0%


VOTE BY RELIGION
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Protestant (56%)
58%
+2
41% 0%
Catholic (29%)
50%
+3
49% 1%
Jewish (1%)
28%
+9
72% *
Other (5%)
31%
+3
69% 1%
None (10%)
31%
+1
68% 0%


WHITE EVANGELICAL/BORN-AGAIN?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (25%)
76%
n/a
23% 0%
No (75%)
43%
n/a
56% 0%


VOTE BY CHURCH ATTENDANCE
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
More Than Weekly (13%)
66%
+47
33% *
Weekly (29%)
58%
+25
42% 0%
Monthly (14%)
51%
+38
49% *
A Few Times a Year (29%)
44%
+20
55% 1%
Never (13%)
37%
+28
61% 1%


VOTE BY CHURCH ATTENDANCE
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Weekly (41%)
60%
n/a
39% 0%
Occasionally (42%)
46%
n/a
53% 1%
Never (12%)
37%
n/a
61% 1%


VOTE BY RELIGION AND ATTENDANCE
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Protestant/Weekly (17%)
65%
n/a
34% 0%
Prot./Less Often (16%)
56%
n/a
44% 0%
Catholic/Weekly (13%)
53%
n/a
47% *
Catholic/Less Often (14%)
47%
n/a
52% 2%
All Others (36%)
43%
n/a
56% 0%


HAVE YOU EVER SERVED IN THE MILITARY?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (16%)
61%
n/a
39% *
No (84%)
49%
n/a
50% 1%


ARE YOU MARRIED?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (65%)
57%
+4
42% 0%
No (35%)
40%
+2
59% 0%


ARE YOU MARRIED WITH CHILDREN?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (30%)
59%
n/a
39% 1%
No (70%)
47%
n/a
52% 0%


DO YOU HAVE CHILDREN UNDER 18?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (39%)
54%
+2
44% 1%
No (61%)
49%
+3
51% 0%


ARE YOU GAY, LESBIAN OR BISEXUAL?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (3%)
19%
-6
81% *
No (97%)
52%
+2
47% 0%


GUN OWNER IN HOUSEHOLD?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (47%)
58%
-3
41% 1%
No (53%)
46%
+7
54% *


WHEN DID YOU DECIDE WHO TO VOTE FOR?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Today (6%)
45%
n/a
50% 3%
Last Three Days (4%)
33%
n/a
64% 1%
Last Week (3%)
56%
n/a
44% *
Last Month (10%)
48%
n/a
50% 0%
Before That (78%)
52%
n/a
48% 0%


WHEN DID YOU DECIDE WHO TO VOTE FOR?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Today/Last 3 Days (10%)
40%
n/a
56% 2%
Earlier Than That (90%)
52%
n/a
48% 0%


WHEN DID YOU DECIDE WHO TO VOTE FOR?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Within the Last Week (12%)
43%
n/a
53% 2%
Earlier Than That (88%)
52%
n/a
48% 0%


MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Taxes (6%)
53%
n/a
46% 1%
Education (5%)
32%
n/a
67% *
Iraq (13%)
28%
n/a
72% *
Terrorism (16%)
87%
n/a
13% *
Economy/Jobs (21%)
17%
n/a
82% 1%
Moral Values (24%)
84%
n/a
15% 0%
Health Care (8%)
27%
n/a
72% *


HOW BUSH IS HANDLING HIS JOB
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Strongly Approve (32%)
93%
n/a
7% *
Somewhat Approve (22%)
84%
n/a
15% 1%
Somewhat Disapprove (12%)
15%
n/a
83% 2%
Strongly Disapprove (34%)
2%
n/a
97% 0%


HOW BUSH IS HANDLING HIS JOB
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Approve (54%)
89%
n/a
10% 0%
Disapprove (45%)
5%
n/a
93% 1%


MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Cares About People (10%)
25%
n/a
74% 1%
Religious Faith (9%)
92%
n/a
7% *
Honest/Trustworthy (11%)
72%
n/a
27% 1%
Strong Leader (17%)
86%
n/a
13% *
Intelligent (7%)
5%
n/a
95% *
Will Bring Change (24%)
4%
n/a
96% 0%
Clear Stand on Issue (17%)
81%
n/a
17% 1%


COMPARED TO FOUR YEARS AGO, U.S. IS...
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Safer From Terrorism (54%)
80%
n/a
20% 0%
Less Safe (42%)
14%
n/a
85% 1%


DECISION TO GO TO WAR IN IRAQ
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Strongly Approve (27%)
91%
n/a
9% *
Somewhat Approve (26%)
74%
n/a
25% 1%
Somewhat Disapprove (17%)
28%
n/a
70% 1%
Strongly Disapprove (29%)
6%
n/a
93% 0%


DECISION TO GO TO WAR IN IRAQ
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Approve (52%)
83%
n/a
17% 0%
Disapprove (45%)
14%
n/a
85% 1%


HOW THINGS ARE GOING FOR U.S. IN IRAQ
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Very Well (10%)
92%
n/a
8% *
Somewhat Well (35%)
90%
n/a
9% 1%
Somewhat Badly (22%)
34%
n/a
65% 1%
Very Badly (31%)
5%
n/a
94% 0%


HOW ARE THINGS GOING FOR U.S. IN IRAQ?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Well (44%)
91%
n/a
9% 0%
Badly (52%)
17%
n/a
82% 0%


FAMILY'S FINANCIAL SITUATION
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Better (28%)
81%
+45
19% *
Worse (32%)
21%
-42
78% 1%
Same (39%)
54%
-6
45% 1%


VOTE IF ONLY BUSH AND KERRY WERE RUNNING
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Kerry (47%)
1%
n/a
98% 0%
Bush (51%)
97%
n/a
2% 0%
Would Not Have Voted (1%)
43%
n/a
32% 11%


YOUR VOTE FOR PRESIDENT WAS MOSTLY...
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
For Your Candidate (69%)
60%
n/a
40% 0%
Against His Opponent (27%)
31%
n/a
69% *


OPINION OF BUSH ADMINISTRATION
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Angry (23%)
2%
n/a
98% 0%
Dissatisfied (26%)
19%
n/a
80% *
Satisfied (23%)
89%
n/a
10% 1%
Enthusiastic (24%)
97%
n/a
3% *


DID KERRY ATTACK UNFAIRLY?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (67%)
63%
n/a
37% 0%
No (28%)
24%
n/a
76% 0%


DID BUSH ATTACK UNFAIRLY?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (61%)
36%
n/a
63% 0%
No (35%)
79%
n/a
21% 0%


IS IRAQ WAR PART OF WAR ON TERRORISM?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (54%)
80%
n/a
20% 0%
No (42%)
15%
n/a
84% 1%


WERE YOU CONTACTED BY KERRY CAMPAIGN?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (31%)
34%
n/a
66% 1%
No (69%)
60%
n/a
40% 0%


WERE YOU CONTACTED BY BUSH CAMPAIGN?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (38%)
57%
n/a
42% 1%
No (62%)
48%
n/a
52% 0%


KERRY MOSTLY SAYS WHAT...
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
He Believes (42%)
5%
n/a
95% *
People Want to Hear (56%)
86%
n/a
13% 1%


BUSH PAYS MORE ATTENTION TO...
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Ordinary Americans (41%)
92%
n/a
8% *
Large Corporations (55%)
20%
n/a
79% 1%


AVAILABILITY AND COST OF HEALTH CARE
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Very Concerned (72%)
42%
n/a
58% 0%
Somewhat Concerned (22%)
73%
n/a
26% 0%
Not Very Concerned (4%)
90%
n/a
10% *
Not at All Concerned (2%)
*
n/a
* *


ABORTION SHOULD BE...
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Always Legal (17%)
24%
n/a
74% 2%
Mostly Legal (32%)
35%
-3
65% *
Mostly Illegal (29%)
69%
+0
31% *
Always Illegal (19%)
79%
+5
21% 0%


WILL VOTES BE COUNTED ACCURATELY?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Very Confident (53%)
60%
n/a
39% 0%
Somewhat Confident (40%)
43%
n/a
56% 1%
Not Very Confident (5%)
34%
n/a
65% *
Not At All Confident (1%)
*
n/a
* *


WILL VOTES BE COUNTED ACCURATELY?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Confident (91%)
53%
n/a
47% 0%
Not Confident (6%)
30%
n/a
70% *


POLICY TOWARD SAME-SEX COUPLES
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Legally Marry (23%)
23%
n/a
77% *
Civil Unions (35%)
51%
n/a
49% *
No Legal Recognition (40%)
68%
n/a
31% 1%


PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 2000
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Did Not Vote (18%)
52%
n/a
48% *
Gore (36%)
10%
n/a
89% *
Bush (43%)
88%
n/a
11% 1%
Other (2%)
*
n/a
* *


NATIONAL ECONOMY
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Excellent (3%)
86%
+60
14% *
Good (40%)
91%
+39
9% *
Not Good (36%)
27%
-35
72% 1%
Poor (19%)
6%
-52
93% *


NATIONAL ECONOMY
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Excellent or Good (43%)
90%
n/a
9% *
Not Good or Poor (55%)
20%
n/a
79% 1%


TRUST KERRY TO HANDLE THE ECONOMY?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (47%)
13%
n/a
87% *
No (50%)
85%
n/a
14% 1%


TRUST BUSH TO HANDLE THE ECONOMY?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (46%)
94%
n/a
6% 0%
No (54%)
13%
n/a
86% 0%


TRUST KERRY TO HANDLE TERRORISM?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (41%)
7%
n/a
93% *
No (57%)
82%
n/a
16% 1%


TRUST BUSH TO HANDLE TERRORISM?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (57%)
85%
n/a
15% 1%
No (41%)
5%
n/a
94% *


IS U.S. GOING IN RIGHT DIRECTION?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (49%)
88%
+52
12% 0%
No (47%)
12%
-62
87% 0%


OSAMA BIN LADEN VIDEOTAPE
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Very Important (31%)
43%
+23
57% *
Somewhat Important (25%)
51%
+30
48% *
Not Too Important (20%)
59%
+19
41% 1%
Not At All Important (23%)
55%
-12
44% 0%


OSAMA BIN LADEN VIDEOTAPE
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Important (57%)
47%
n/a
53% *
Not Important (43%)
57%
n/a
43% 0%


OPINION OF GEORGE W. BUSH
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Favorable (51%)
94%
n/a
6% 0%
Unfavorable (48%)
5%
n/a
94% 1%


OPINION OF JOHN KERRY
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Favorable (49%)
10%
n/a
90% 0%
Unfavorable (49%)
91%
n/a
8% 1%


GOVERNMENT DO MORE TO SOLVE PROBLEMS?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (46%)
29%
+6
70% 0%
No (51%)
69%
-2
30% 0%


WORRIED ABOUT TERRORISM
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Very Worried (17%)
37%
n/a
62% *
Somewhat Worried (57%)
57%
n/a
43% 0%
Not Too Worried (20%)
46%
n/a
52% 1%
Not At All Worried (6%)
48%
n/a
52% *


WORRIED ABOUT TERRORISM?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (71%)
52%
n/a
47% 0%
No (25%)
47%
n/a
52% 1%


JOB SITUATION IN YOUR AREA
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Better Today (20%)
89%
n/a
11% *
Worse Today (48%)
18%
n/a
80% 1%
About the Same (31%)
76%
n/a
24% 0%


BUSH TAX CUTS WERE...
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Good for Economy (41%)
93%
n/a
6% 1%
Bad for Economy (34%)
7%
n/a
93% *
No Difference (23%)
43%
n/a
56% 0%


IRAQ WAR MADE U.S. MORE SECURE?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (43%)
88%
n/a
12% *
No (54%)
20%
n/a
79% 1%


HAS ANYONE IN HOUSEHOLD LOST A JOB?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (36%)
32%
n/a
67% 1%
No (64%)
61%
n/a
38% 0%


HAVE YOU LOST A JOB?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (17%)
37%
n/a
62% *
No (83%)
53%
n/a
46% 0%


VOTE BY REGION
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Northeast (-)
*
*
* *
Midwest (100%)
51%
+2
48% 0%
South (-)
*
*
* *
West (-)
*
*
* *


VOTE BY SIZE OF COMMUNITY
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Big Cities (6%)
27%
+1
73% *
Smaller Cities (19%)
37%
-3
62% 1%
Suburbs (44%)
55%
+6
44% 0%
Small Towns (7%)
56%
-3
44% *
Rural (24%)
60%
+1
39% 0%


VOTE BY SIZE OF COMMUNITY
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Urban (26%)
35%
+0
64% 1%
Suburban (43%)
55%
+6
45% 0%
Rural (31%)
60%
+1
39% 0%


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