- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Support for President Bush turns up in a whole lot of places these days.

He’s got the “big-truck vote,” at least according to Kelley Blue Book, the vehicle-pricing bible, which released a poll yesterday plumbing the presidential preferences of 2,500 American drivers.

“It may be no surprise that President Bush is finding heavy support from drivers of large SUVs and full-size pickup trucks, like the Chevy Suburban or Ford F-Series trucks,” the poll stated.

Mercury, Ford, GMC or Chevy drivers also are likely to vote for Mr. Bush. Those who drive a Hyundai, Toyota or a Subaru prefer Democratic challenger Sen. John Kerry, who also had the vote of half the convertible drivers and five out of every six “hybrid” vehicle drivers.

Overall, 59 percent of respondents said they’d vote for Mr. Bush, 38 percent for Mr. Kerry and 2 percent for independent Ralph Nader.

“Clinton won in both 1992 and 1996 by appealing to ‘minivan soccer moms,’” said Kelley spokesman Rick Wainschel. “The fact that Kerry is currently trailing nearly 3-to-1 among minivan ‘security moms’ in our 2004 poll should be of some concern to his political camp.”

Although their influence at the polling place is not clear, youngsters apparently believe in Mr. Bush.

According to the old schoolyard staple Weekly Reader, 66 percent of the children in an ongoing write-in survey said they would vote for the president, while 34 percent favored the Massachusetts senator.

The publication has offered the choice to children since 1956 and notes that the poll — which closes Oct. 25 — has “correctly chosen the winner of the presidential race every time.”

In the past four weeks, Mr. Bush has won formal endorsements from the Iowa-based National Cattleman Beef Association, the Ohio-based Fraternal Order of Police, the Wisconsin-based National Troopers Coalition, the Virginia-based Uniformed Firefighters Association and the Las Vegas-based Latin Chamber of Commerce.

And some Democratic politicians recently have expressed their support for Mr. Bush in November — among them, state Rep. Brian Paul Golden of Massachusetts; Mayor George McKelvey of Youngstown, Ohio; and Mayor Randy Kelly of St. Paul, Minn.

“America needs a president who cares more about doing what is right than doing what is politically expedient,” said Mr. Golden, adding that he had followed Mr. Kerry’s career, but still does not know “what he stands for.”

And in a close race, every point counts. According to a poll of 800 registered voters released yesterday by the Better Sleep Council, 44 percent said Mr. Bush “is the most rested” of the candidates, 23 percent voted for Mr. Kerry and 13 percent for Mr. Nader.

Myriad polls also reveal specialized support for Mr. Bush: According to a recent Annenberg Election Survey of 728 veterans, 59 percent favored the president.

A University of Maryland survey found that 57 percent of Americans of Philippine background supported the president, along with 59 percent of “married women” and 48 percent of women overall polled by the New York Times and CBS News in mid-September. Mr. Kerry’s numbers in the latter poll were 32 percent and 43 percent, respectively.

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