As much as people on both sides want to spin the outcome of the 3rd debate (I called it a draw), the only group that actually matters is speaking up.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush opened a four-point lead on Democratic Sen. John Kerry the day after the final debate between the White House rivals, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Friday.
Bush led Kerry 48-44 percent in the latest three-day tracking poll, which included one night of polling done after Wednesday’s debate in Tempe, Arizona. Bush led Kerry, a senator from Massachusetts, by only one point, 46-45 percent, the previous day.
An improvement in Bush’s showing among undecideds and a strong response from his base Republican supporters helped fuel the president’s rise. The bigger question is whether Bush will open back up to the 8-10 point lead he had after the convention or whether the gap will close. Since the debates may have been the last, best chance for the Kerry/Edwards ticket it remains to be seen whether they close the gap as the election draws near or if Bush pulls away.