By Susan Jones
CNSNews.com Morning Editor
September 08, 2004
(CNSNews.com) - Pollster John Zogby says the Republican National Convention gave President George W. Bush a boost, but not an eleven-point lead in the polls, as Time and Newsweek recently proclaimed.
“I have Mr. Bush leading by 2 points (46-44 percent) in the simple head-to-head match-up,” Zogby said in a press release. “Add in the other minor candidates and it becomes a 3-point advantage for the president - 46-43 percent.”
Zogby says that’s quite an achievement, considering that President Bush was behind 50-43 percent in Zogby’s mid-August poll. Bush has turned the race around, Zogby noted, jumping 3 points last week while Kerry lost 7 points.
“Impressive by any standard,” Zogby said in a press release, adding that “Mr. Kerry is on the ropes.”
Zogby questioned the methodology of both the Time and Newsweek polls, suggesting that they were weighted in favor of Republicans.
Zogby also reminded Americans that his polling has come closest to the final results in both 1996 and 2000.
“None of this takes away from the president’s achievement,” Zogby said. “He got out of his party’s convention everything he needed to launch his campaign in earnest in the closing two months.”
But, Zogby added, President Bush sill has a net negative job performance rating; a “negative re-elect,” which means more voters think it’s time for someone new; and a net negative “wrong direction” for the country.
Kerry, however, is behind and “has a lot of work to do to refocus the campaign on the issues that must work for him,” including the economy, health care, and the execution of the war in Iraq, Zogby said.