Bush's re-election bid is gaining
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is in a stronger position with voters than his father or President Clinton were at the same stage of their re-election bids, an Associated Press poll has found.
Men, evangelicals and rural voters are supporting Bush by big margins, while traditionally Democratic-leaning groups such as women have more divided loyalties, according to the poll. The public's growing confidence in the economy is helping boost Bush's standing as well.
More voters say they will definitely back Bush's re-election, 41 percent, than say they will definitely vote against him, 33 percent, according to the poll. An additional 24 percent said they would consider voting for someone else.
"I can't imagine not voting for Bush," said William Miller, a 66-year-old retiree from Hartsville, S.C.. "I'm very glad he was in office on 9-11 . . . and his economic polices seem to be coming around."
On the question of re-electing Bush or definitely voting for someone else, men were for Bush by 49 percent to 26 percent. Rural voters were for him by an equally lopsided margin. White evangelicals said they would support Bush rather than vote for someone else by an even wider margin.
On Bush's re-election, 39 percent of women said they would definitely vote for someone else and 35 percent said they would vote for Bush.
The poll of 1,000 adults taken Jan. 5-7 had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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