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Polls Show Americans Are Losing Patience With Florida Recounts and Lawsuits

Aired November 28, 2000 - 2:49 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Let's find out what Americans are telling our pollsters about where we stand three weeks after we all went to the polls in this Election 2000. Here's Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of "Gallup."

Hi there, Frank.

FRANK NEWPORT, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, "GALLUP": Hello, Natalie. The politicians may say that they don't pay attention to polls. Gore said a little earlier it was the laws. But nevertheless, they are watching very carefully as they should, I think in a democracy, what the public is thinking about all of this. And Gore has a challenge in front of him. We should point out our most recent poll concluded before his speech last night, so it's possible that these numbers could certainly shift. That's what we'll be monitoring.

Let's first take this question: should Gore concede? Now we asked it a week ago on Sunday the 19th, if it was tied, just like the election, but we've seen some erosion in Gore's support now. When we asked it Sunday and Monday night through last night, and 56 percent of the public now says yes.

Similarly, we asked the question: Are you willing to wait longer for this to be resolved. And when we asked that last week it was split -- 51 percent said yes. Now, that number down there is only to 37 percent. In other words, the public is getting impatient.

Now the rating of the campaigns same kind of trend. Rate the way that Bush and his team are handling it; Gore and his team. Well, that red line is Bush and his team. It's stayed fairly steady across time. But notice that Gore has gone down and now only 42 percent of the public, Sunday, Monday night said they approve of the way that Gore and his team are handling this situation.

Very interesting question, here. We said: Who is the real winner, in your opinion, in Florida and 51 percent said Bush but actually, what that means is that only half of Americans don't think that the Bush is the winner. It's not so much they think that Gore is the winner, that's just 15 percent, but a big hunk of people, a lot of Democrats here, say right now they're unsure who the winner is and of course that will fit in the Gore strategy of saying, hey, we have to count the votes to see who the real winner is. Finally, some news here that we've been finding all they way along which hasn't changed a lot, and that is if Bush or if Gore were elected, could they serve as a legitimate president? Well, 84 percent say yes for Bush. Just a little erosion for Gore, but as you can see here you've still got three-quarters of Americans saying if Gore is elected, he could be a legitimate president.

That's where the public stands. Back to you in Atlanta.

ALLEN: All right and we know that you'll continue to poll throughout the weekend. We'll be listening, Thanks, Frank.

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