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1,520 Respondents Updated: 2:04 p.m.

VOTE BY GENDER
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Male (46%)
50%
+3
49% 0%
Female (54%)
43%
+8
56% 1%


VOTE BY RACE AND GENDER
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
White Men (33%)
56%
n/a
43% 0%
White Women (38%)
51%
n/a
48% 1%
Non-White Men (14%)
35%
n/a
65% 0%
Non-White Women (16%)
26%
n/a
73% 1%


VOTE BY RACE
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
White (70%)
54%
+9
46% 1%
African-American (14%)
17%
+6
82% 1%
Latino (10%)
43%
+8
56% 1%
Asian (4%)
41%
n/a
59% 1%
Other (1%)
*
n/a
* *


VOTE BY AGE
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
18-29 (17%)
35%
-5
64% 1%
30-44 (31%)
50%
+12
49% 1%
45-59 (29%)
51%
+10
48% 0%
60 and Older (23%)
44%
+2
56% 0%


VOTE BY AGE
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
18-64 (85%)
46%
+6
53% 1%
65 and Older (15%)
46%
+8
54% 0%


VOTE BY INCOME
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Under $15,000 (5%)
36%
n/a
63% 0%
$15-30,000 (10%)
42%
n/a
57% 1%
$30-50,000 (18%)
43%
n/a
57% 0%
$50-75,000 (23%)
50%
n/a
49% 1%
$75-100,000 (16%)
46%
n/a
54% *
$100-150,000 (16%)
49%
n/a
49% 1%
$150-200,000 (6%)
43%
n/a
57% 0%
$200,000 or More (6%)
51%
n/a
48% 0%


VOTE BY INCOME
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Less Than $50,000 (33%)
41%
n/a
58% 0%
$50,000 or More (67%)
48%
n/a
51% 1%


VOTE BY INCOME
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Less Than $100,000 (72%)
45%
n/a
54% 1%
$100,000 or More (28%)
48%
n/a
51% 1%


ANYONE IN HOUSEHOLD IN A UNION?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (34%)
43%
n/a
56% 1%
No (66%)
47%
n/a
52% 1%


ARE YOU A UNION MEMBER?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (20%)
39%
n/a
60% 1%
No (80%)
47%
n/a
52% 1%


VOTE BY EDUCATION
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
No High School (3%)
*
n/a
* *
H.S. Graduate (17%)
50%
+9
50% *
Some College (28%)
47%
+4
52% 0%
College Graduate (29%)
44%
+2
55% 1%
Postgrad Study (23%)
43%
+9
56% 1%


VOTE BY EDUCATION
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
No College Degree (48%)
48%
n/a
51% 0%
College Graduate (52%)
43%
n/a
55% 1%


VOTE BY PARTY ID
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Democrat (39%)
10%
+3
90% 0%
Republican (31%)
92%
+6
8% 0%
Independent (30%)
44%
+5
54% 2%


VOTE BY IDEOLOGY
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Liberal (25%)
14%
+3
85% 1%
Moderate (52%)
46%
+7
52% 1%
Conservative (23%)
80%
+5
19% 0%


HAVE YOU EVER VOTED BEFORE?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
No (13%)
36%
n/a
63% 1%
Yes (87%)
47%
n/a
52% 1%


VOTE BY RELIGION
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Protestant (35%)
47%
+3
52% 1%
Catholic (44%)
58%
+7
41% 1%
Jewish (7%)
24%
+8
75% 0%
Other (7%)
17%
-7
81% 1%
None (8%)
23%
n/a
75% 1%


ARE YOU A WHITE CONSERVATIVE PROTESTANT?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (6%)
89%
n/a
11% *
No (94%)
43%
n/a
56% 1%


ARE YOU MARRIED?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (59%)
51%
n/a
48% 1%
No (41%)
39%
n/a
60% 1%


WHEN DID YOU DECIDE WHO TO VOTE FOR?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Today (7%)
48%
n/a
50% 2%
Last Three Days (4%)
61%
n/a
38% 1%
Last Week (3%)
*
n/a
* *
Last Month (11%)
41%
n/a
59% 1%
Before That (75%)
46%
n/a
53% 0%


WHEN DID YOU DECIDE WHO TO VOTE FOR?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Today/Last 3 Days (10%)
52%
n/a
46% 1%
Earlier Than That (90%)
45%
n/a
54% 1%


WHEN DID YOU DECIDE WHO TO VOTE FOR?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Within the Last Week (13%)
51%
n/a
47% 2%
Earlier Than That (87%)
45%
n/a
54% 0%


YOUR VOTE FOR PRESIDENT WAS MOSTLY...
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
For Your Candidate (63%)
57%
n/a
42% 1%
Against His Opponent (32%)
26%
n/a
73% 1%


STATE ECONOMY
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Excellent (6%)
86%
n/a
14% *
Good (52%)
56%
n/a
43% 0%
Not So Good (35%)
26%
n/a
72% 2%
Poor (6%)
19%
n/a
80% 1%


WORRIED ABOUT TERRORISM
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Very Worried (28%)
44%
n/a
55% 1%
Somewhat Worried (47%)
48%
n/a
51% 0%
Not Too Worried (19%)
43%
n/a
55% 1%
Not At All Worried (4%)
31%
n/a
67% 2%


WORRIED ABOUT TERRORISM?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (75%)
47%
n/a
53% 1%
No (23%)
41%
n/a
57% 1%


HOW BUSH IS HANDLING HIS JOB
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Strongly Approve (27%)
96%
n/a
4% *
Somewhat Approve (20%)
85%
n/a
14% 0%
Somewhat Disapprove (14%)
16%
n/a
82% 1%
Strongly Disapprove (37%)
1%
n/a
98% 1%


HOW BUSH IS HANDLING HIS JOB
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Approve (47%)
91%
n/a
8% 0%
Disapprove (52%)
5%
n/a
94% 1%


MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Taxes (5%)
69%
n/a
29% 2%
Education (4%)
41%
n/a
59% 1%
Iraq (19%)
15%
n/a
84% 1%
Terrorism (25%)
84%
n/a
16% 0%
Economy/Jobs (19%)
20%
n/a
79% 1%
Moral Values (13%)
62%
n/a
36% 1%
Health Care (6%)
21%
n/a
77% 1%


MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Cares About People (9%)
34%
n/a
65% 1%
Religious Faith (5%)
96%
n/a
4% *
Honest/Trustworthy (9%)
61%
n/a
38% 1%
Strong Leader (19%)
87%
n/a
13% *
Intelligent (10%)
8%
n/a
92% 0%
Will Bring Change (28%)
5%
n/a
94% 1%
Clear Stand on Issue (12%)
76%
n/a
22% 1%


COMPARED TO FOUR YEARS AGO, U.S. IS...
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Safer From Terrorism (50%)
75%
n/a
25% 0%
Less Safe (47%)
16%
n/a
82% 1%


MCGREEVEY SHOULD HAVE...
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Resigned (44%)
65%
n/a
34% 1%
Stayed in Office (54%)
29%
n/a
70% 1%


DECISION TO GO TO WAR IN IRAQ
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Strongly Approve (21%)
94%
n/a
6% *
Somewhat Approve (25%)
78%
n/a
22% 0%
Somewhat Disapprove (17%)
21%
n/a
77% 1%
Strongly Disapprove (35%)
4%
n/a
94% 1%


DECISION TO GO TO WAR IN IRAQ
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Approve (44%)
85%
n/a
15% 0%
Disapprove (49%)
10%
n/a
89% 1%


HOW THINGS ARE GOING FOR U.S. IN IRAQ
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Very Well (8%)
91%
n/a
9% *
Somewhat Well (30%)
92%
n/a
8% 0%
Somewhat Badly (24%)
40%
n/a
59% 1%
Very Badly (38%)
3%
n/a
96% 1%


HOW ARE THINGS GOING FOR U.S. IN IRAQ?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Well (35%)
92%
n/a
8% 0%
Badly (58%)
17%
n/a
81% 1%


TRUST KERRY TO HANDLE THE ECONOMY?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (48%)
11%
n/a
89% 0%
No (46%)
81%
n/a
17% 2%


TRUST BUSH TO HANDLE THE ECONOMY?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (43%)
92%
n/a
8% 0%
No (57%)
10%
n/a
88% 1%


FAMILY'S FINANCIAL SITUATION
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Better (32%)
75%
+42
25% 0%
Worse (26%)
15%
-27
83% 2%
Same (41%)
42%
-7
57% 1%


TRUST KERRY TO HANDLE TERRORISM?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (43%)
7%
n/a
93% 0%
No (50%)
79%
n/a
19% 1%


TRUST BUSH TO HANDLE TERRORISM?
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Yes (49%)
82%
n/a
18% 0%
No (44%)
5%
n/a
93% 2%


VOTE BY SIZE OF COMMUNITY
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Big Cities (-)
*
n/a
* *
Smaller Cities (3%)
*
n/a
* *
Suburbs (97%)
47%
n/a
52% 1%
Small Towns (-)
*
n/a
* *
Rural (-)
*
n/a
* *


VOTE BY SIZE OF COMMUNITY
BUSH
KERRY NADER
TOTAL
2004
2000
2004
2004
Urban (3%)
*
*
* *
Suburban (97%)
47%
+6
52% 1%
Rural (-)
*
n/a
* *


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