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White House 2000: Comparing the Candidates
All data are from nationwide surveys of Americans 18 & older.

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Polls listed chronologically.

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Latest: Oct. 18-20, 2000. N=1,007 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Next, please tell me whether or not you think each of the following phrases describes Al Gore / George W. Bush . . . ."
Al Gore George W. Bush
Yes No Yes No
% % % %
"Is intelligent and well informed"
10/18-20 82 13 69 25
10/12-13 78 18 70 25
10/4-6 81 15 70 24
9/27-29 78 16 70 22
9/20-22 76 16 72 19
9/7-8 77 13 68 25
8/24-25 81 13 72 22
8/17-18 82 13 71 23
8/10-11 80 13 75 17
8/3-4 75 19
7/27-28 77 17 73 19

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"Is personally likeable"
10/18-20 67 26 71 23
10/12-13 67 26 73 23
10/4-6 67 27 69 24
9/27-29 70 23 67 25
9/20-22 69 21 67 22
9/7-8 68 22 67 24
8/24-25 69 23 69 23
8/17-18 70 23 68 25
8/10-11 61 29 69 22

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"Has strong leadership qualities"
10/18-20 65 29 65 29
10/12-13 60 33 66 28
10/4-6 62 30 64 28
9/27-29 61 31 64 27
9/20-22 60 31 63 26
9/7-8 60 28 65 26
8/24-25 58 32 68 23
8/17-18 60 30 62 27
8/10-11 53 37 71 20
8/3-4 72 21
7/27-28 52 37 67 21

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"Cares about people like you"
10/18-20 60 31 53 39
10/12-13 57 34 53 38
10/4-6 58 33 48 42
9/27-29 59 33 51 39
9/20-22 54 34 51 34
9/7-8 60 27 47 40
8/24-25 58 30 51 39
8/17-18 60 30 47 41
8/10-11 53 35 55 31
8/3-4 59 32
7/27-28 55 33 55 34

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"Is honest and ethical"
10/18-20 52 37 63 27
10/12-13 54 38 63 27
10/4-6 52 37 59 27
9/27-29 54 34 57 31
9/20-22 54 33 58 28
9/7-8 61 25 56 29
8/24-25 59 29 60 26
8/17-18 64 25 58 29
8/10-11 52 38 66 22
8/3-4 71 18
7/27-28 56 33 64 24

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"Shares your views on most major political issues"
10/18-20 50 45 50 46
10/12-13 49 44 51 42
10/4-6 50 43 48 45
9/27-29 50 43 49 44
9/20-22 49 40 50 39
9/7-8 52 37 46 42
8/24-25 52 40 48 44
8/17-18 54 38 47 43
8/10-11 45 48 51 39
8/3-4 54 37
7/27-28 43 46 53 36

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"Says what he believes, not just what people want to hear"
10/18-20 49 41 58 33
10/12-13 46 44 58 34
10/4-6 48 42 55 35
9/27-29 48 42 51 38
9/20-22 46 43 53 33
9/7-8 48 37 50 35
8/24-25 47 41 51 37
8/17-18 54 34 49 37
8/10-11 41 46 58 30

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"Regardless of which presidential candidate you now support, please tell me whether you think Al Gore or George W. Bush would do a better job of handling each of the following issues as president. [See below.] Do you think Gore or Bush would do a better job of handling this issue as president?"
Gore Bush Same
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)

Not
Sure

% % % %

%

"Foreign policy"
10/18-20 50 36 5 2 7
10/12-13 49 40 4 2 5
10/4-6 48 37 4 2 9
8/17-18 43 41 5 2 9

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"Helping seniors pay for prescription drugs"
10/18-20 50 33 4 4 9
10/12-13 48 33 5 5 9
10/4-6 51 31 5 3 10
9/27-29 50 33 4 3 10
9/20-22 48 33 5 3 11
8/3-4 45 40 4 3 8

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"Health care"
10/18-20 51 35 4 3 7
10/12-13 48 37 4 4 7
10/4-6 51 34 5 2 8
9/27-29 49 34 5 3 9
9/20-22 49 35 6 2 8
8/3-4 44 42 3 3 8

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"The economy and jobs"
10/18-20 50 37 5 2 6
10/12-13 48 37 6 3 6
10/4-6 49 35 5 3 8
9/27-29 48 39 4 2 7
9/20-22 48 38 5 1 8
8/3-4 42 43 5 2 8

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"Social Security"
10/18-20 49 39 3 2 7
10/12-13 47 39 5 3 6
10/4-6 47 36 4 4 9
9/27-29 47 39 3 3 8
9/20-22 46 36 4 3 11
8/3-4 40 45 4 2 9

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"Education and vouchers"
10/18-20 43 43 6 1 7
10/12-13 44 42 3 3 8
10/4-6 44 40 6 2 8
9/27-29 44 42 5 2 7
9/20-22 47 36 5 2 10
8/3-4 39 48 3 2 8

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"Abortion"
10/18-20 45 35 3 4 13
10/12-13 43 36 4 5 12
10/4-6 45 34 3 4 14
8/17-18 48 30 5 6 11

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"Taxes"
10/18-20 45 42 4 3 6
10/12-13 43 44 4 3 6
10/4-6 44 41 3 4 8
9/27-29 41 44 3 3 9
9/20-22 40 43 5 3 9
8/3-4 36 50 2 3 9

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"Upholding moral values"
10/18-20 39 45 9 2 5
10/12-13 39 44 9 4 5
10/4-6 39 43 8 3 7
8/30-31 44 37 8 4 7

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"National defense"
10/18-20 40 49 3 2 6
10/12-13 38 50 5 2 5
10/4-6 39 49 3 1 8
9/27-29 32 54 3 2 9
9/20-22 35 49 4 2 10
8/3-4 30 55 2 2 11

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"Rising oil prices"
10/18-20 37 38 3 8 14
10/12-13 37 41 5 7 10
10/4-6 37 41 3 5 14
9/27-29 35 44 4 6 11

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"Regardless of which presidential candidate you support, do you think Al Gore or George W. Bush would do a better job of dealing with an international crisis situation, like the one now in Israel and last week's terrorist bombing on a U.S. warship in Yemen?"

%
Gore 47
Bush 39
Same (vol.) 5
Neither (vol.) 2
Don't know 7

 

Gallup/CNN/USA Today Tracking Poll. Sept. 22-24, 2000. N=718 likely voters nationwide. MoE +/- 4.

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"Regardless of which presidential candidate you support, please tell me if you think Al Gore or George W. Bush would better handle the rising price of gasoline and fuel oil."
%
Bush 42
Gore 39 See also: Fuel Prices
Same (vol.) 3
No opinion 16

 

Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Aug. 9-10, 2000. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE +/- 3.

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"Which candidate do you think would do a better job on the following issues [see below]: George W. Bush or Al Gore?"
Bush Gore Equal
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)

Not
Sure

% % % %

%

Military defense 56 24 4 3 13
Taxes 45 34 4 4 13
Family values 43 35 12 2 8
Education 40 41 7 2 10
Economy 38 41 6 3 12
Social Security 37 40 6 3 14
Health care 33 46 5 3 13

 

Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll. Aug. 4-5, 2000. N=1,051 adults nationwide. MoE +/- 3.

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"Next, regardless of which presidential candidate you support, please tell me if you think Al Gore or George W. Bush would better handle each of the following issues. . . ."

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NBC News Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). August 3, 2000. N=511 registered voters nationwide. MoE +/- 4.4.

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"Now I'd like you to compare Al Gore and George W. Bush on a few qualities that people might look for in a president. For each one, please tell me whether you think that Al Gore or George W. Bush would be better on that item. If you think that both would be equally good or that neither would be good on a particular item, just say so. . . ."
Gore Bush Both
Equal
Neither Depends
(vol.)

Not
Sure

% % % % %

%

"Being knowledgeable and experienced enough to handle the presidency"

41

37 16 4 -

2

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"Being compassionate enough to understand average people"

34

38 16 8 -

4

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"Having the best ideas for the future"

32

45 11 6 1

5


 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). July 27-28, 2000. N=500 registered voters nationwide.

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"Now I'd like you to compare Al Gore and George W. Bush on a few qualities that people might look for in a president. For each one, please tell me whether you think that Al Gore or George W. Bush would be better on that item. If you think that both would be equally good or that neither would be good on a particular item, just say so. . . ."
Gore Bush Both
Equal
Neither Depends
(vol.)

Not
Sure

% % % % %

%

"Being knowledgeable enough to deal with foreign policy"

38

30 17 7 1

7

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"Being easygoing and likeable"

30

43 19 5 -

3

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"Being trustworthy enough to do the right thing when making decisions"

29

38 17 12 1

3

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"Having the strong leadership qualities needed to be president"

26

46 16 8 1

3


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. July 20-23, 2000. N=1,228 adults nationwide. MoE +/- 3.

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"Which presidential candidate, Gore or Bush, do you trust to do a better job on . . . holding taxes down / protecting the Social Security system / improving education and the schools / improving the health care system / handling the national economy / handling the issue of gun control / handling foreign affairs / encouraging high moral standards and values / handling the death penalty issue / protecting people’s privacy on the Internet / handling the federal budget surplus / managing the federal budget / handling crime / protecting the environment / handling the abortion issue / addressing women’s issues / appointing justices to the Supreme Court?"

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Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. July 12-13, 2000. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE +/- 3.

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"Of the two leading presidential candidates, Al Gore and George W. Bush, which would you rather have [see below]?"
Bush Gore Neither/
Equal
(vol.)
Not
Sure
% % % %
"Nominate the next Supreme Court justice"
45 38 6 11

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"In charge of protecting our nuclear secrets"
48 34 11 7

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"Fighting next to you in your foxhole if you had to defend your life"
44 33 15 8

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"As a business partner"
50 32 12 6

 

CNN/Time Poll conducted by Yankelovich Partners. June 14-15, 2000. N=1,006 registered voters nationwide.

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"Which candidate -- George W. Bush or Al Gore -- do you think comes closer to your views on each of the following issues? . . ."

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Full wording: *Defense and military issues. **The role of religion in today's society.


 

ABC News Poll. June 8-11, 2000. N=1,204 adults nationwide. MoE +/- 3.

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"Which candidate, Bush or Gore, do you think [see below]?"
Gore Bush Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
No
Opinion
% % % % %
"Better understands the problems of people like you"
44 41 2 9 4

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"Is more likely to exaggerate his accomplishments"
39 42 9 2 8

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"Is more honest and trustworthy"
38 41 6 9 5

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"Is more intelligent" 37 34 12 3 14

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"Has a more appealing personality"
37 51 3 5 3

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"Is a stronger leader" 37 52 2 3 6

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 8-11, 2000. N=1,204 adults nationwide. MoE +/- 3.

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"Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Bush, or not. [See below.] . . . Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Gore, or not. [See below.]"
Bush Gore
Yes No Yes No
% % % %
"He understands the problems of people like you."
48 47 53 42

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"He is a strong leader."
65 30 48 45

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"He can get things done."
66 27 58 35

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"Do you think there’s a real difference between Bush and Gore on the issues you care about, or not?"
%
Yes 68
No 25
No opinion 7

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"Do you think there’s a real difference between Bush and Gore in terms of their personal qualities, or not?"
%
Yes 66
No 27
No opinion 7

 

Bloomberg News Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. May 25-June 4, 2000. N=1,208 adults nationwide. MoE +/- 3.

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"Now I'd like to ask you about a number of the policies and issues that a president has to deal with and which candidate -- Al Gore or George W. Bush -- you think would do a better job handling these issues as president. [See below.] Do you think Gore or Bush would do a better job handling this issue as president?"
Gore Bush No
Differ-
ence
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)

Don't
Know

% % % %

%

Education 42 38 4 3

14

Social Security 41 39 2 4

14

Foreign policy 40 40 2 3

16

The economy 39 42 3 3

13

Taxes 36 45 3 3

13

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"Which candidate do you think has the knowledge and experience to be a good president: Gore or Bush?"
%
Gore 43
Bush 37
Both (vol.) 6
Neither (vol.) 5
Don't know 8

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"Which candidate do you think has the judgment and character to be a good president: Gore or Bush?"
%
Bush 42
Gore 38
Both (vol.) 5
Neither (vol.) 4
Don't know 10

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. May 23-24, 2000. N=1,032 adults nationwide. MoE +/- 3.

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"Now we would like to ask you, as far as you know, what each of the two major candidates for president -- George W. Bush and Al Gore -- think about some of these issues. . . .

"As far as you know, how would [see below] prefer to spend the federal budget surplus? Would he prefer that more of the surplus be used to cut taxes, that more of the surplus be used to reduce the national debt -- or are you unsure?"

Al
Gore
George
W. Bush
% %
Cut taxes 18 50
Reduce debt 41 16
Neither/Other (vol.) 5 2
Unsure 36 32

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"As far as you know, which comes closer to [see below] view about the role of the federal government in public education in this country? Do you think he feels the federal government should be more involved in education than it is currently, should keep its involvement about the same, should be less involved in education than it currently is -- or are you unsure?"
Gore's Bush's
% %
More involved 56 30
About the same 17 19
Less involved 8 27
Unsure 19 24

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"As far as you know, would [see below] favor or oppose making it illegal to conduct a late-term abortion procedure known as partial-birth abortion -- or are you unsure?"
Gore Bush
% %
Favor 20 28
Oppose 28 27
Unsure 52 45

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"As far as you know, would [see below] favor or oppose a law that would allow private citizens to carry concealed handguns -- or are you unsure?"
Gore Bush
% %
Favor 7 39
Oppose 55 20
Unsure 38 41

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"As far as you know, would [see below] favor or oppose a proposal to have the federal government pay for the prescription drugs for people on Medicare -- or are you unsure?"
Gore Bush
% %
Favor 58 26
Oppose 5 21
Unsure 37 53

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"As far as you know, would [see below] favor or oppose a proposal to allow workers to invest a portion of their Social Security taxes in the stock market, or are you unsure?"
Gore Bush
% %
Favor 18 44
Oppose 30 9
Unsure 52 47

 

Tarrance Group (R)/Lake Snell Perry & Associates (D) Voter.com/Battleground Survey. March 12-13, 2000. N=1,000 likely voters nationwide.

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"Now I would like to read you a list of leadership qualities that some people from this part of the country have said are important. Please listen as I read the list and tell me, for each one, whether you think [rotate] George W. Bush or Al Gore better represents this quality. . . ."
Bush Gore Both (vol.) Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %
Strength 48 37 3 3 10
Trustworthiness 43 40 4 7 7
Vision 43 40 3 4 10
Cares about people like you 39 43 3 9 7
Experience 33 55 4 1 6

 

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