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PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL JOHN KERRY HAS A 7.6% LEAD OVER
PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH ACCORDING TO NEWLY RELEASED
RESULTS IN THE WHYY WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY POLL
Presidential hopeful John Kerry has a 7.6% lead over President George W. Bush
according to newly released results in the WHYY West Chester University Poll.
The poll, conducted by West Chester University’s Center for Social and Economic
Research, questioned 600 Delaware voters about how they would vote if the election
were held today. According to the poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9
percentage points, Kerry (D) would receive 42.5%; President Bush would receive 37.6%;
Ralph Nader would receive .5%; and another candidate would receive .8%. There are
15.9% undecided voters in the presidential race according to this poll.
The sample of Delaware voters was taken between Wednesday, September 22 and
Saturday, September 25. The state of Delaware has three electoral votes.
In other state races, if the election were held today incumbent Ruth Ann Minner (D)
would receive 42.4% of the votes; challenger William Lee (R) would receive 26.2%; and
another candidate would receive 1.7%. The undecided vote in this race is 29.7%. This
also has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9%.
In the race for Congress, incumbent Michael Castle (R) has a 6.3% lead over challenger
Paul Donnelly (D), who would receive 14.8% of the vote. Another candidate would
receive .5% of the vote. The undecided vote totals 23.4%.
The WHYY West Chester University Poll was first released on WHYY’s daily news
program, WHYY Delaware Tonight at 5:30 on Monday, September 27, and will be
rebroadcast on 91FM’s Morning Edition on Tuesday, September 28 at 6:00 a.m.
This is the first of three presidential election polls that will be released by WHYY, the
region’s leading public broadcasting station, and West Chester University’s Center for
Social and Economic Research, a highly respected polling center. The second two polls
will look at races and issues in Pennsylvania. These results will be released in the weeks
before the election. This is the first time that WHYY and West Chester University joined
forces in an election poll project.