Bush is better-liked as a person than Kerry is. The debate may have been the first opportunity for those voters to see both candidates and campaigns make their case since the conventions. KERRY VS. BUSH: CHOICE IN NOVEMBER(Registered voters). (767 LV), Pew Over eight in 10 voters who think going into Iraq was the right thing say they will vote for Bush in November. RealClearPolitics There are sharp differences in the makeup of each candidate's support, reflecting the fact that this election is becoming a clear referendum on the incumbent and that the challenger is less well known. 47 percent support Kerry and 47 percent back Bush. (886 LV w/leaners), GW/Battleground In fact, four in 10 voters say the threat of terrorism against the U.S. has increased as a result of the war. In a CBS News Poll conducted the week before the debate, the Bush-Cheney ticket held a nine-point lead over Kerry and his running mate John Edwards among likely voters. 52 percent think the economy is in good shape, while 47 percent think it is in bad shape. BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S POLICIES MADE U.S. VIEWS OF THE CANDIDATES(Registered Voters)KerryLeadership qualitiesStrong qualities of leadership 56%Has clear plan for presidency 45%Confidence dealing with international crisis 41%A lot of confidence in protecting U.S. from terrorism 39%Has clear plan for Iraq 31%Has clear plan for getting troops out of Iraq 29%, Personal qualitiesOverall favorability 40%Shares Americans' moral values 59%Would like him personally 48%Shares your priorities 43%Says what he believes 35%, BushLeadership qualitiesStrong qualities of leadership 62%Has clear plan for presidency 55%Confidence dealing with international crisis 51%A lot of confidence in protecting U.S. from terrorism 52%Has clear plan for Iraq 39%Has clear plan for getting troops out of Iraq 28%, Personal qualitiesOverall favorability 44%Shares Americans' moral values 68%Would like him personally 61%Shares your priorities 47%Says what he believes 59%. States, Presidential That suggests that much of the post-debate change took place in non-battlegrounds, those states without campaign ads or visits from the candidates. 47 percent of voters think the Bush administration has focused too much on Iraq and not enough on al Qaeda, while 44 percent think the administration has struck the right balance. One thing is clear from this week's presidential election results: America is a deeply, almost evenly divided country. RCP Poll Averages, Generic A look back at the esteemed personalities who've left us this year, who'd touched us with their innovation, creativity and humanity. But overall, more than half of voters still believe that the administration policies have had a positive effect: 56 percent say the policies of the Bush administration have made the U.S. safer from terrorism. David Martin reports on the military efforts underway to inoculate 300 million Americans with an anticipated COVID-19 vaccine. Electoral Count, Battleground Bush's popularity rose as a wartime president, and he was able to ward off any serious challenge to the Republican nomination. (1000 LV), CNN/USAT/Gallup Most voters continue to pay attention to the campaign, with more than eight in ten paying at least some attention. OPINIONS OF THE CANDIDATES(Registered Voters), BushNow 36%Last month 38%KerryNow 32%Last month 27%, UnfavorableBushNow 47%Last month 43%KerryNow 32%Last month 33%, Undecided/unknownBushNow 16%Last month 19%KerryNow 35%Last month 40%. EVALUATING THE CANDIDATESBush and Kerry are each viewed favorably by about one-third of voters, but George W. Bush's unfavorable ratings have risen a bit in the last month, up to 47 percent today from 43 percent in April, while Kerry's have held at about one-third. Views on Iraq are clearly mirrored in the race: nearly eight in ten voters who think the U.S. should have stayed out of Iraq -- including most independents who say this -- are backing John Kerry, while seven in ten of those who say the war was the right thing to do plan to side with Bush in November. Research (801 LV), CNN/USAT/Gallup WHO CAN DO BETTER?While many Americans express concern about the state of affairs in Iraq, neither candidate has yet convinced voters that the situation in Iraq would improve if they were to win in November. (788 LV), Time Zoe Thomas, of Atlanta, is a three-year-old who was diagnosed with leukemia back in February. THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION: IRAQ, TERRORISM, AND NORTH KOREAMost voters evaluate the current administration's planning and decision making for the war negatively. He convinced more voters -- although not a majority -- that he has a clear plan for what he wants to accomplish as President. 65 percent of voters do not think Bush has a plan for bringing the troops in Iraq home; just over a quarter thinks he has one. (1,008 RV), Click LIMITING NORTH KOREAN WEAPONS DEVELOPMENT: (Registered Voters)Bush administration has done enough 22%Bush administration has NOT done enough 57% Don't know 21%. (772 LV), SHU Post (2904 LV), CBS/NY Yet weekly applications for unemployment benefits remain nearly three times their level before the pandemic. Today 62 percent say Bush has strong qualities of leadership; 61 percent said so pre-debate. Since 1935 the Van Winkles, of Louisville, has been producing a whiskey now so sought-after that a single bottle may fetch thousands of dollars on the resale market. 17 percent are still unable to form an opinion of Kerry, though that is down from a quarter before the debate. Commentary: Is it time for term limits on the Supreme Court. "Goal set and achieved," Chris Nikic wrote. Congressional Vote, Right 3-Way CDC investigating infections in six states following recall of product sold at 1,100 Walmart stores across U.S. Biden is projected to win the electoral votes needed to be declared the 46th president of the United States. The economy and jobs and the war in Iraq remain the issues most voters want the candidates to discuss. Correspondent Martha Teichner takes a look at this divide, and what it means for our nation moving forward. Voters still say Kerry has been spending most of his time attacking Bush rather than explaining his positions, though the number who think this is less than it was before the debate. But the children in her neighborhood had a sweet Halloween surprise for her. (793 LV), Time PRESIDENTIAL HORSE RACE AMONG GROUPS(Likely voters)MenKerry 45%Bush 48%Nader 2%, High school or lessKerry 48%Bush 45%Nader 2%, Attend church every weekKerry 32%Bush 63%Nader 1%, Never attend churchKerry 56%Bush 38% Nader 3%. A third think they did a good job of it. THE CAMPAIGN: VOTER ATTENTION AND CANDIDATE SUPPORTAttention to the campaign remains at near-record levels. His specific approval ratings (on handling the economy, terrorism and Iraq) are unchanged. Although the presidential contest is now close, the level of enthusiasm for each candidate has hardly changed. A 12-year-old boy in Iowa is making a bid to be the MVP of his community by helping people affected by a massive storm. In this poll, with Nader added to the list of choices, Kerry's edge does indeed shrink: Kerry gets 47 percent of the vote to Bush's 41 percent and Nader nets 5 percent. Veterans see both candidates equally on this, with most of them saying Kerry and Bush do care. In contrast, a greater share of Kerry's support still rests on the "anti-Bush" vote: 51 percent of Kerry's voters strongly favor him, 25 percent have reservations, and 23 percent are voting for him because they don't like Bush. 48 percent now say Bush has been spending most of his time attacking Kerry, up from 44 percent before the debate. 33 percent of voters still think Saddam Hussein was personally involved, but 56 percent think he was not. IF ELECTED, THE SITUATION IN IRAQ WILL…(Registered Voters). Despite these large gains, Kerry still lags behind the President on this measure. For each candidate, a majority of voters think they do not have a clear plan for getting American soldiers out of Iraq. Only 7 percent say the U.S. too slow to go to war with Iraq. By 46 percent to 31 percent, voters think Edwards could be an effective President as well. Women voters are more likely than men to say that they haven't heard enough about either candidate to form an opinion. Times (643 LV), Pew Pennsylvania election officials detail their vote count, share experiences from election week; Planning the distribution of a future COVID-19 vaccine; Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns speaks with Scott Pelley. Steve Hartman reports. Three in ten say the administration's policies have resulted in other countries expanding their weapons programs; while 27 percent say those policies have had no impact on weapons programs elsewhere. And 45 percent of voters think that the conflict in Iraq is creating more terrorists who plan to attack the U.S. rather than eliminating them. for the same field data, RealClearPolitics will use the Washington "I've always dreamed about being a millionaire, I feel like I'm in a dream.". VIEWS OF BUSH(Registered Voters)FavorableNow 44%Pre-debate 46%. THE NEXT DEBATE: EDWARDS VS. CHENEYTuesday night the two candidates for Vice President will meet in their debate. But fewer voters than ever in this poll now believe that Saddam Hussein was involved in the September 11th attacks. In 2000, debate watchers thought Democratic candidate Al Gore won his first debate with George W. Bush by 43 percent to 30 percent. Voters from both the Kerry and Bush camps still express markedly different levels of enthusiasm for their candidate. VIEWS OF THE VICE-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES(Registered Voters)FavorableEdwards 31%Cheney 36%. Correspondent Barry Petersen speaks to doctors about this prosthetic procedure, and with patients who are embracing their expanded mobility with a vengeance. ISSUE VOTERS MOST LIKE TO HEAR CANDIDATES DISCUSS(Registered Voters), Economy and jobsNow 25%4/2004 25%3/2004 31%, Health care/MedicareNow 8%4/2004 8%3/2004 10%. 60 percent are very or somewhat concerned, while 40 percent are not at all concerned about losing their job.