- Jul 11, 2004WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sen.
John Kerry got a boost in the polls after picking Sen. John Edwards
as his running mate and would beat President Bush if the election
was held now, according to a new Newsweek poll.
The Kerry-Edwards ticket is leading Bush and Vice President Dick
Cheney by a margin of six percentage points, 51 percent to 45
percent, the poll said.
The survey of 1,001 adults, to be published in the July 19 issue of
the magazine, was taken July 8-9 and has a margin of error of plus
or minus four percentage points.
It was the first Newsweek poll since Kerry chose the North Carolina
lawmaker as his running mate on July 6. Kerry led Bush 46 percent to
45 percent in the magazine's previous survey in mid-May.
But in a three-way race with independent candidates Ralph Nader and
Peter Camejo, Kerry-Edwards edged Bush-Cheney by a slimmer margin,
just 47 percent to 44 percent. Nader-Camejo drew support from 3
percent of those polled.
The poll comes amid speculation Cheney may be hurting Bush's chances
of winning re-election. Cheney has been a lighting rod for
Democratic criticism because of his role in advocating for the
invasion of Iraq and his previous ties with energy company
Halliburton, which is being probed for overcharging for its services
Cheney has distanced himself from any claims that he has a financial
stake in Halliburton, and Bush has strongly endorsed the vice
president as his running mate.
However, the Newsweek poll said that if Bush replaced Cheney with
Secretary of State Colin Powell, the ticket would defeat Kerry-
Edwards by 53 percent to 44 percent.