The goal: Defeating President Bush in November.
The requirement: Turning at least one Red state from 2000 into a Blue state.
How are we doing on that front?
Well, John Kerry and John Edwards are both leading George Bush in New Hampshire.
In a University of New Hampshire Granite State Poll conducted this week, 47 percent of New Hampshire adults said they approve of the job Bush is doing as president, 48 percent disapprove and 5 percent are neutral. That's down from a high of 71 percent in April and down 9 percentage points since October.
Looking ahead to the November election, 38 percent of likely voters said they would vote for Bush, and 53 percent said they would vote for Democrat John Kerry. In a matchup with Democrat John Edwards, 51 percent said they would vote for Edwards and 37 percent said they would vote for Bush.
More ominous for the President, perhaps, is this Ohio poll, (PDF) sponsored by the University of Cincinnati, which shows his approval rating in the Buckeye State below 50%.
The latest Ohio Poll finds President Bushís approval rating remains well below the ratings he received in the early months of 2003. Forty-nine percent of Ohioans approve of the presidentís performance, 49 percent disapprove and two percent neither approve nor disapprove.
The presidentís approval rating in Ohio continues to be in close proximity to the rating he receives from the nation as a whole. The most recent national survey conducted by The Gallup Organization placed the presidentís approval rating at 51 percent.
In the latest Ohio Poll, 47 percent of Ohioans approve of the way Bush is handling foreign affairs. Forty percent of state residents approve of the presidentís handling of the economy.
Ohioansí ratings of the presidentís handling of foreign affairs and the economy are now the lowest of his presidency.
Standard caveats apply: it's early, it's only one poll, the moon's ascendancy in Pisces may portend future uncertainty for all Capricorns, etc etc etc.
UPDATE: Angry Bear crunches some job numbers in Ohio, and it ain't pretty for the President.Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 24, 2004 to The making of the President | TrackBack