In a front-page web exclusive, Newsweek leads with a story titled “Bush’s Big Bounce” that details the results of their latest poll. Just like the Time magzine poll released yesterday, they show Bush ahead 52 percent to 41 percent.
As Bush’s numbers climb, those of his challenger appear to have sunk to their lowest point this year. Solid majorities of registered voters now view the president as personally likeable (67 percent), someone who “says what he believes and not just want people want to hear” (66 percent), as a strong leader (65 percent) and someone who cares about people (53 percent)
The article notes that in late July, Kerry was leading by 7 points. So in the span of about five weeks, Kerry has seen an overall loss of 18 points. That’s quite a significant drop in such a short time period, and one that will be very difficult to reverse before November, given Bush’s strong momentum coming out of the convention.