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October 01, 2004

Democracy Corps on Debates

Just a quick update about another before-and-after debate poll conducted online last night by Knowledge Networks, this one on behalf of Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg and guru James Carville for Democracy Corps. Both are serving as informal Kerry campaign advisors. They post a report and complete results that look mostly comparable to the public poll findings: No real change in the vote or in perceptions of Bush, but significant improvements in ratings of Kerry.

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Posted by Mark Blumenthal on October 1, 2004 at 05:01 PM in Debates | Permalink



I have a few questions about this Democracy Corps poll:

1- Isn't it a bit of a "push poll" since the horse race question isn't asked until after people answer a battery of questions on who won, attributes, etc?

2- Don't you find it odd that Bush's job approval numbers went up, and the "right track/wrong track" numbers improved after the debate - even some of Bush's personal attributes went up... when Kerry's was said to have won the debate by these same respondents?

Posted by: Dr. X | Oct 2, 2004 4:59:48 AM

First post and by way of introductions i'm a Scottish politico currently working for the Labour Party.

Are there any numbers or whether the differences between the candiates, both in terms of substance and personality / character grew or contracted amongst voters?

The reason I ask, and i'm not polling expert, is that even if Kerry's favourable numbers go up on the back of thursday night but the percieved differences between the candidates do not does this represent an outcome where Kerry might "win" but Bush "doesn't lose"?


Posted by: neilcardwell | Oct 3, 2004 10:38:45 AM

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