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Gallup Poll: Bush Attracts More Women, Gains Slight LeadAired September 25, 2000 - 1:10 p.m. ET
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LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Now to the polls. The CNN/"USA Today"/Gallup tracking poll shows Gore is down, Bush is up.
And Frank Newport joins us now from the Gallup studio in Princeton, New Jersey, to tell us what is up -- Frank.
FRANK NEWPORT, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, GALLUP POLL: Well, Lou, it is a close race. There is no way around that. We started right after Labor Day with candidates tied. Gore did pretty well. We will show you here.
Now Bush is doing better than he has been doing. And they are about kind of where we started. They are tied again. This is a very exciting, very close race, the closest one we have had since 1980 it looks like.
There we were at Labor Day, right after Labor Day, they were tied, Bush was actually up one point. As we have been tracking it for you. Gore did better, up between four and 10 points over the last several weeks. But now, over the weekend, Bush has caught back up again, as a result of some of the things that happened last week. And in our latest sounding, the candidates are essentially tied, Bush actually up by one point.
We want to show you where it stands for Nader and Buchanan. The Debate Commission, of course, next week holds the first debate. Unlikely they will be in the debate. They are nowhere near that 15 percent mark.
Now, it is women that are volatile in this race, at least right now. We compared a week ago, 14-16, look at that, women gave Gore like a 17-point gap. Now, when we look at it, it is virtually tied. Gore is still a little ahead. But you can see, that's where the change is.
Let's show what happened for men voters over the same period of time: no change. They slightly favored bush back then, they slightly Bush right now. It has really been women that have moved, perhaps the result, Lou, Natalie, of the appearance by George W. Bush on "Oprah" and "Regis Live" last week.
WATERS: You are telling us, Frank, that because George Bush kissed Oprah Winfrey his poll numbers went up? NEWPORT: Well, I would never go that far, Lou and Natalie. I would simply say that something happened that caused more women over our weekend polls to vote for George W. Bush than they were a week ago. How is that?
WATERS: That is just fine. That is very political correct. We are going to talk more to Bill Schneider, our CNN senior political correspondent, about kiss, kiss, vote, vote, elect, elect...
NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: And the power of Oprah.
WATERS: ... in the next hour.
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