A Baby Bounce?
Newsweek – A Baby Bounce?
Coming out of the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Sen. John Kerry now holds a seven-point lead over President George W. Bush (49 percent to 42 percent) in a three-way race with independent Ralph Nader (3 percent), according to the latest NEWSWEEK poll The poll was taken over two nights, both before and after Kerry’s acceptance speech. Respondents who were queried after Kerry’s Thursday night speech gave the Democrat a ten-point lead over Bush. Three weeks ago, KerryÃ¢€™s lead was three points.
KerryÃ¢€™s four-point Ã¢€œbounceÃ¢€ is the smallest in the history of the NEWSWEEK poll. There are several factors that may have contributed to the limited surge, including the timing of the poll. On Thursday, Kerry had just a two-point lead over Bush (47 percent to 45 percent), suggesting that his Friday night speech had a significant impact. Additionally, KerryÃ¢€™s decision to announce his vice-presidential choice of John Edwards three weeks before the convention may have blunted the gatheringÃ¢€™s impact. And limited coverage by the three major networks also may have hurt Kerry.
I wasn’t expecting a substantial bounce, for all of those reasons plus the fact that all the polls have been indicating that more people than usual have already made up their minds. Still, a four-point gain from a national convention, during which one’s opponent intentionally stayed out of the news and off the airwaves, is stunningly small. It will be interesting to see if the post-Thursday respondents are a trend or a mere sampling anomaly.