Poll Shows Bush Leading Dems in Presidential Race

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 17, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Poll Shows Bush Leading Democrats in Presidential Race

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 17, 2003

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A new poll shows President George W. Bush with a comfortable lead over each of the ten Democratic candidates for president. Another poll shows pro-abortion ex-Vermont Gov. Howard Dead building a lead in yet another key primary state.

A poll conducted September 11-15 by the prestigious Quinnipiac University poling firm found Bush ahead by as many as 10 or more percent over each of the top Democratic presidential contenders.

Bush was ahead of pro-abortion Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) 52-41 percent, favored over pro-abortion Rep. Dick Gephardt (D-MO) by 51-39 percent and lead 53-38 against both Dean and pro-abortion Sen. John Kerry (D-MA).

Meanwhile, a new poll in California shows Dean pulling away from the rest of the Democratic field.

A Field Poll released Wednesday morning shows 23 percent of registered Democrats there would vote for Dean, up from 14 percent in July.

Lieberman found 15 percent support and Kerry has the backing of 11 percent. All other candidates were in single digits and 23 percent of California Democrats said they were undecided.

The California poll showed more good news for Bush.

He was tied or within the margin of error with each of the major Democratic contenders. Political observers say if Bush can run at an even pace with Democrats in California, a state that hasn’t gone Republican for president since the 1980s, he should do well elsewhere.

The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 1,228 registered voters nationwide by telephone. It had a margin of error of plus or minus of 3 percentage points.