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Kerry leads Bush -- despite Nader: poll
Updated: 2004-08-17 08:46

US Democratic challenger John Kerry has pulled ahead of President George W. Bush, even when Ralph Nader and other presidential candidates were accounted for, according to a new poll.

Kerry led Bush 47-43 percent, even with Nader, Libertarian, Constitution and Green Party candidates included in the Zogby poll.

Minus those contenders, Kerry and his running mate, North Carolina Senator John Edwards, were favored 50-43 percent over Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney in the November 2 vote.

The Kerry-Edwards ticket has gained two percentage points since the Democratic Party convention last month.

Bush's overall approval rating rose three points, to 47 percent, Zogby said, although 52 percent of likely voters disapproved of the job the president is doing.

The poll was conducted by telephone August 12-14 among 1,011 likely voters. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Zogby also found that voters holding passports preferred Kerry 58 percent to 35 percent for Bush. Voters without passports favored Bush 48-39 percent.

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