Opinions of Kerry Decline Nationally, Especially in Battleground States

Several weeks of general election intensity campaigning have clearly dimmed Senator John F. Kerry’s image with the American people and among potential voters in battleground states, the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey shows.

Polling of 2,759 adults from April 15 through May 2 showed that 38 percent had a favorable opinion of Kerry and 33 percent an unfavorable view. That was a turn for the worse from the first two weeks of March, when 40 percent had a favorable opinion and 24 percent an unfavorable view. In both surveys, the margin of sampling error was plus or minus two percentage points.