Over the last last several weeks the articles appearing in the Grand Rapids about the 2004 election have been generally shorter in length. This article, which appeared in the “Nation/World Briefs” section of the paper is typical in both length and substance. Like most of the election “briefs”, the article focuses on poll results exclusively. While information is given on what percentage of the population supports the two candidates on various issues, no information is given on where the candidates actually stand on these issues. Nor does the article present the reader with the phrasing of the poll questions or what range of answers the people polled were allowed to pick from.
WASHINGTON-President Bush’s continued edge over Democrat John Kerry on leadership skills and battling terrorism are keeping the presidential race close despite widespread concerns about Iraq, a bipartisan poll suggests.
The Battleground Poll, sponsored by George Washington University, found Bush and Kerry running even, with 48 percent each in a two-way match up. The margin of error was 3 points.
Kerry has the advantage with voters on issues ranging from Social Security and prescription drugs to jobs and federal spending. Bush leads on terrorism and has a slight edge on Iraq and taxes.
Just over half in the Battleground Poll, 51 percent, said it’s time to give a new person a chance to be president.