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Hiding Its Own Poll?

Reported by Judy - August 6, 2004 -

Fox News has a new poll out on the presidential race but it is not exactly trumpeting the results.

The poll, posted on Fox's website on Thursday (August 5) reports a "small convention bump for Kerry." The last Opinion Dynamics Poll taken July 20-21 had Bush and Kerry each at 44 percent, but the new poll of registered voters, taken August 3-4, has Kerry up 46 percent to 43 percent. The website stresses the registered voters results, but the full poll results show Kerry's lead a little bigger among likely voters -- 48 percent to 43 percent, up from 45 percent to 44 percent in the earlier poll. Interesting choice.

The Opinion Dynamics Poll found Kerry increased his support among men so that he is now even with Bush and continues to hold a nine-point edge among women.

There is a lot of bad news for Bush. Kerry leads Bush in percentage of voters who view them favorably, 52 percent to 47 percent (Edwards leads Cheney, 51 percent to 40 percent); Bush's job approval rating dipped to 44 percent, lowest rating he "has ever received in a Fox News poll," according to the website, and that reflected a seven-point drop in approval rating among Republicans.

Before the convention, Bush had a 15 point edge over Kerry on handling terrorism; now it is 6 points. The two are tied on handling Iraq and taxes.

With all the Fox hype about whether or not Kerry would get a post-convention bounce, I would have thought this poll would have been all over Fox. Maybe not as often as the Hacking, Peterson or Bryant case, but at least once an hour.

Jon Scott did not discuss it in his first hour of Fox News Live yesterday (August 6), but Fox did briefly show graphics with some poll results, such as favorability ratings for Bush and Kerry (9:11 a.m. EDT) and results on the questions concerning most important issues in the campaign, and who would better handle the economy (9:36 a.m. EDT). Later in the day, Neil Cavuto also briefly displayed a graphic of one of the results concerning who voters think is a strong leader.