Pluralities of Public, Independents Believe Bush Campaign Is Behind Swift Boat Veterans’ Ads

    A plurality of Americans believe the Bush campaign is behind the television ads run by critics of John Kerry over his service in Vietnam and his antiwar statements after he returned to the United States, the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey shows.

    In polling from Monday through Thursday, 46 percent said they believed the Bush campaign was behind the ads, while 37 percent said they believed they were made independently. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus three percentage points.