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Poll: President Bush would lose to Kerry and Gore today

Published: Wednesday August 9, 2006

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According to a survey by Scripps Howard News Service released by Ohio University which asked 1,010 "Americans to ponder their options in every U.S. presidential election held since 1964," two term President George W. Bush would lose to both Senator John Kerry and former Vice President Al Gore.

"46 per cent of respondents would support Democrat John Kerry in a repeat of the 2004 ballot, while 40 per cent would vote for Republican George W. Bush," according to Scripps Howard News Service / Ohio University poll.

Interestingly, Ralph Nader captured 7% in the survey, even though the independent only garnered 0.4% of the popular vote in 2004.

In a "rerun" of 2000, the poll suggests that Gore would beat Bush with 46 to 38 percent. Gore did win a slightly larger percentage of the popular vote in the 2000 election (48.4% to 47.9%), but after a month-long battle that reached the Supreme Court Bush was awarded a majority of the electoral college vote.

In a rematch between Democrat George McGovern and Richard Nixon, the Republican president who resigned under threat of impeachment would lose by three percentage points (39% to 42%).

Poll results from last 6 elections:



George McGovern (D) 42%

Richard Nixon (R) 39%


Jimmy Carter (D) 52%

Gerald Ford (R) 35%


Ronald Reagan (R) 56%

Jimmy Carter (D) 30%

John Anderson (I) 6%


Ronald Reagan (R) 64%

Walter Mondale (D) 24%


George H. Bush (R) 53%

Michael Dukakis (D) 33%


Bill Clinton (D) 52%

George H. Bush (R) 30%

Ross Perot (I) 12%


Bill Clinton (D) 56%

Bob Dole (R) 25%

Ross Perot (Ref.) 12%


Al Gore (D) 46%

George W. Bush (R) 38%

Ralph Nader (G) or Pat Buchanan (Ref.) 9%


John Kerry (D) 46%

George W. Bush (R) 40%

Ralph Nader (I) 7%


More data from survey at this link