A new USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll shows President Bush enjoying a comfortable lead over all the Democratic candidates while presidential hopeful Howard Dean watches his lead over Wesley Clark dwindle to just four points.
Dean still tops the Democratic field in the national survey, at 24%, but the 21-point lead he held over Clark less than a month ago has narrowed to just 4 percentage points, within the poll’s margin of error.
Further lending credence to the idea that Bush has more support than Democrats are willing to give him credit for, his approval ratings are also up.
Overall, 60% of those surveyed Friday through Monday approve of the job Bush is doing. And 55% say they are satisfied with the way things are going in the country, the highest level in nearly nine months.
And Bush leads his closest Democratic contender by a margin greater than 20 points.
In the poll, Bush beat Dean by 22 percentage points among likely voters. Against an unnamed Democrat, Bush won by 17 percentage points.
Will Bush loose in 2004? Don’t bet on it. And while you’re at it, don’t bet on Dean carrying the Democratic nomination either.
Update: I almost forgot that today is Wictory Wednesday. Every Wednesday, I and a handful of other bloggers ask our readers to donate to the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign. It’s kind of ironic asking readers to donate following a post citing just how unbeatable Bush is, but you can never be too sure.