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April 2004

Most of Public Wants the Assault Weapons Ban Extended; So Do Half of NRA Households

Most Americans, including those who have guns in their homes, want to see the ten-year-old ban on assault weapons extended. And even though the National Rifle Association’s leadership is intensely opposed to renewal, about half of those with an NRA member in their household support continuing the ban, the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election
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Dismay Over Iraq Is Increasing; Public Supports Bush But Doubts He Has a Plan

The public agrees with President Bush that American troops should be kept in Iraq until a stable government is established, but does not think he has a clear plan for achieving success there, the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey shows. Moreover, majorities now think the situation in Iraq was not worth going to
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Public considers Bush a stronger leader but more stubborn while Kerry is seen as less reckless but inconsistent

Americans consider President Bush steadier, a stronger leader, more likeable and less likely to bow to political pressure than Senator John F. Kerry. But they consider Kerry more knowledgeable than Bush and less reckless or stubborn, too, according to the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey. In polling conducted between March 21 and April
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Overall Impressions of Bush and Kerry Hardly Change Despite Early TV Blitz

The first salvos of Bush and Kerry television advertisements appears to have produced few important changes in public attitudes toward the two candidates, the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey shows. A comparison of national public attitudes toward the two candidates in the first half of March with those in the second half, shows
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