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New Poll Watch 04 Study Contradicts Nader's Claim He'll Help Beat Bush

New Poll Watch 04 Study Contradicts Nader's Claim He'll Help Beat Bush

(May 25, 2004 -- Mill Valley, CA) The Progressive Unity Voter Fund today announced results of a comprehensive study, “Poll Watch 04: The Nader Effect,” which assesses the impact of Ralph Nader’s presidential campaign on the Kerry-Bush race. The study found that of 37 polls conducted since Nader announced his candidacy, 32 show that Nader directly helps Bush, improving the President’s margin versus Kerry. Four show no effect, and one, from Fox News, shows a 1% tilt towards Kerry.

“This study shreds the assertion by the Nader campaign that they will help beat Bush,” said John Pearce, Executive Director of Progressive Unity. “Facts are facts, and these findings are overwhelming: Nader is directly helping Bush.”

The study’s release coincides with the Fund’s “Ralph: Tell the Truth” email petition drive, which calls on Nader to stop making the claim that he’ll help defeat the President in the face of the new polling analysis.

The Progressive Unity Voter Fund was sponsor of the citizen initiative, a February internet campaign that mobilized progressive voters to ask Mr. Nader not to run for president in 2004. That campaign drew 300,000 website visitors and reached 60 million Americans in pervasive media coverage around Nader’s candidacy announcement.

Additional information on the Poll Watch 04 study, including sources and documentation for every poll included in the study, is available on the Fund’s new website

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