Bush With Slight Lead Over Kerry in New Poll

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The new Quinnipiac University poll out Thursday shows Bush at 51 percent, Kerry at 44 percent and independent Ralph Nader with less than one percent. It's the same with Nader out, with five percent undecided.

However, the poll says 47 percent saw Kerry more favorably after the September 30 debate. Only 12 percent viewed the president more favorably afterward, and 77 percent of respondents said they viewed the first presidential debate.

The results differ from two other polls released yesterday, showing the race for Florida's 27 electoral votes a statistical dead heat. Bush was the choice of 48 percent of respondents in a Mason-Dixon poll, which also pegged Kerry's support at 44 percent and five percent undecided.

A poll by American Research Group shows Kerry leading Bush 47 to 45 percent, with six percent undecided, but both polls have a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points, meaning they consider the race a toss-up.