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Who do You Trust More on National Defense?
Updates Friday at 3:00PM Eastern

National Defense/ War on Terror

Bush 52%
Kerry 42%

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September 3, 2004--When it comes to the War on Terror and national defense issues, voter preference for Bush over Kerry moved back in the President's direction this week.

A Rasmussen Reports survey found that 52% of voters trust President Bush more than Senator Kerry on this issue. That's up four from last week's 48%.  Before mid-April, preference for the President never fell below 51% on this question. Since then, it has been above that level only twice before this week.

Forty-two percent (42%) of voters prefer Kerry. This marks the second time in three weeks that preference for the Senator has been at 42%.

Selected Demographic Information is available.

Earlier this week, a related survey found that 46% give the President good or excellent marks for his handling of the situation in Iraq. That figure will be updated again on Wednesday.

Voter preference for the candidates is evenly divided when it comes to managing the economy.

The national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports over the last two nights. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.


 

Updates Friday at 3:00PM Eastern

Who do you trust more on National Defense?

Date Bush Kerry
Sept 3 52 42
Aug 27 48 45
Aug 20 52 42
Aug 13 48 45
Aug 6 50 45
July 30 49 45
July 23 48 45
July 16 51 44
July 9 50 42
July 2 50 42
June 25 49 42
June 18 50 41
June 11 54 38
June 4 50 40
May 28 50 40
May 21 48 40
May 14 51 41
May 7 49 42
Apr 30 50 38
Apr 23 49 40
Apr 16 53 38
Apr  9 51 40
Apr 2 54 36
Mar 26 51 39
Mar 19 54 37
Mar 12 54 37
Mar 5 51 39
Feb 27 51 38
Feb 20 54 37
Feb 13 52 39
Feb 6 52 37

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