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Public Attitudes About Nader Decline Sharply Since 2000 As He Starts His White House Run

Ralph Nader, whose independent candidacy worries Democrats who think he cost them the White House in 2000, has become distinctly unpopular with the American public which held a balanced view of him four years ago, the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey shows.

In 2000, Annenberg polling showed that 24 percent of the public had a favorable view of Nader and 24 percent an unfavorable opinion. In 2004, 21 percent have a favorable view and 37 percent an unfavorable opinion.