The latest poll out from the W. Post and ABC contains some numbers that could be problematic for W as the march towards November continues. The President’s job approval numbers remained relatively low and the hits he has taken on Iraq, the economy and the deficit have begun to register in the minds of voters. Out of dozen policy areas, Bush led Kerry in only one; the war on terrorism. Perhaps the most important stat in the poll is that 57% of Americans want the next president to change course. And the cornerstone of the Bush campaign messaging (often euphemistically referred to as being steady) is that he doesn’t change. On the plus side for Bush, Ralph Nader’s three percentage points are almost all being taken out of Kerry’s hide.
. . . Monday March 8, 2004