Poll: Fund-Raising Questions Hurt Gore

July 7, 2008 - 8:25 PM

(CNSNews.com) - A new poll puts Democrat Al Gore ahead of Republican George W Bush in the still-early race for president, but then there's this tidbit: The same poll finds that more than half of registered voters said Gore's questionable fund-raising activities during the 1996 Clinton-Gore re-election campaign would make them less likely to vote for him.

Depending on what emerges from those never-recorded Al Gore e-mails, this could be significant.

The poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press shows Gore leading Bush 49-43 percent among registered voters. It suggests Bush's personal popularity has slipped, although voters give him high marks for education and he was viewed as being better able to control gasoline prices.

The poll shows Gore has improved his standing among independents, where he now has a 47-39 percent edge over Bush; and among men. The poll says some of Gore's greatest gains came among groups that heavily supported John McCain during the early primary season.

Voters said they trust Gore to keep Social Security and Medicare financially sound, to improve the health care system, and to protect the interests of minorities. According to the poll, Bush and Gore run even on the issue of keeping the economy strong.

The poll of 912 registered voters was conducted March 15-19, and it has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.