Kerry Gains on Bush in Persuadable Voters’ Impressions of Him as Caring, Experienced

    As Democrats prepare to nominate John Kerry for President tonight, the persuadable voters who are still up for grabs see him as more caring, more knowledgeable, and less reckless, stubborn, or arrogant than George W. Bush, the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey shows.

    On one of those measures, a key one for Democrats, Kerry’s standing is stronger relative to Bush than it was in early June. Then, 30 percent of persuadables said the term “cares about people like me” fitted Bush better and 37 percent said Kerry. Now 41 percent say Kerry and just 27 percent say Bush.