NEW YORK – President Bush got a convention bounce even in heavily Democratic New York but still trailed rival John Kerry (search), two statewide presidential polls said Wednesday.
The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute (search) said Kerry led Bush 47 percent to 41 percent, with independent Ralph Nader at 4 percent. In a poll released Aug. 13, three weeks before Bush's speech at Republican National Convention, Kerry led by 20 percentage points, 53 percent to 35 percent, with Nader at 4 percent.
The new poll also found Bush's approval rating rising from 37 percent to 43 percent.
A second statewide poll, from Marist College's Institute for Public Opinion, had Kerry leading Bush, 48 percent to 40 percent, with Nader at 4 percent. An April poll from Marist had Kerry leading Bush, 54 percent to 37 percent.
The Marist poll had Bush's approval rating at 40 percent in New York. It was 38 percent in Marist's April poll.
The GOP convention was held two weeks ago in the Big Apple, the first time Republicans held their event in New York City, where there are five Democrats for every Republican. Statewide, there are five Democrats for every three Republicans. No Republican presidential candidate has carried New York state since Ronald Reagan did in 1980 and 1984.
Quinnipiac's telephone poll of 1,438 registered voters was conducted Sept. 7-12 and has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Marist's telephone poll of 786 registered voters was conducted Sept. 13-14 and has a sampling error margin of plus or minus of 3.5 percentage points.
Minnesota For Kerry
Kerry also leads Bush 50 to 41 percent in a presidential poll of likely voters in Minnesota, according to results released Wednesday.
The Star Tribune Minnesota Poll shows 8 percent of likely voters in the state remain undecided. Independent candidate Ralph Nader received less than 1 percent in the poll.
The poll surveyed 1,035 likely voters statewide from Sept. 7 to Sept. 13 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.