The Massachusetts senator leads Bush 46 percent to 43 percent, with independent candidate Ralph Nader polling 5 percent, according to the telephone survey of 1,000 registered voters conducted July 20-22. Kerry’s lead is within the poll’s 4 percentage-point margin of error and similar to a 47 percent to 45 percent lead he had at the beginning of the month.
The president’s overall approval rating was 50 percent, while 53 percent of respondents said it was “time for someone else to be president,” the poll found. Only 29 percent of voters said they knew a “great deal” about Kerry.
The Time survey also found that 17 percent of voters are “very worried” about a terrorist attack in the next few months, though 86 percent said the election shouldn’t be postponed if the nation is attacked.