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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 7, a total of 1,818 respondents were asked to rank Bush and Kerry on 17 different traits, and Bush held statistically significant advantages on seven of them, while Kerry had an advantage on four.