June 1, 2004--Fifty-four percent (54%) of American voters say that they would consider voting for George W. Bush under certain circumstances. A Rasmussen Reports survey of 2,000 Likely Voters finds that 39% will not vote for the President under any circumstances.
As for Senator Kerry, 49% say they would consider voting for him while 39% definitely would not. Selected demographic breakdowns are available for RR Premium Members.
These results come at a time when the candidates have been locked in a dead heat for months. Ninety-one percent (91%) of those who would consider voting for Kerry already plan to vote for him. Just 3% of those who would consider Kerry are currently planning to vote for Bush.
However, just 81% of those who would consider voting for Bush are planning to vote for him at this time. Another 10% of these potential supporters are currently planning to vote for Kerry
Among those who currently say they would vote for "some other candidate," 35% say they would consider voting for Kerry while 28% would consider voting for Bush.
However, among those who are currently undecided, 64% would consider voting for Bush and 48% would consider voting for Kerry. These figures challenge the conventional wisdom that undecideds will break for the challenger.
Twelve percent (12%) of all voters are willing to consider both Bush and Kerry. We will profile these important swing voters tomorrow (Wednesday).
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The fact that just 49% would consider voting for Kerry is consistent with Presidential history. Democrats typically win the White House with a minority of the popular vote. With the notable exception of George W. Bush, Republicans typically win with a majority of the popular vote.
The national telephone survey of 2,000 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports May 28-31, 2004. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.