Bradley - Not Gore - Gaining on Bush; Both Still Behind GOP Leader

By Ben Anderson | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

( - Just one year away from the November 7, 2000 general election the latest poll numbers indicate former New Jersey Democrat Senator Bill Bradley has cut in half the lead held by Texas Republican Governor George W Bush.

In a new nationwide poll released Tuesday, Bush leads Bradley in a hypothetical general election by 6.4 percentage points, half the lead he enjoyed in October. But Bush still maintains a double-digit lead over likely Democrat challenger Vice President Al Gore.

The Zogby International poll conducted for Reuters and WHDH-TV Boston surveyed 1,001 likely voters nationwide from Friday through Monday.

The survey indicates Bush leads Bradley 47.2 percent to 40.8 percent but maintains virtually the same lead over Gore, 50 percent to 39.8 percent.

In another hypothetical matchup, the Zogby poll places Gore and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in a virtual dead-heat, 42.2 percent to 41.2 percent. Bradley, however leads McCain 44.1 percent to 32.7 percent.

Bradley has also cut into Gore's lead for the Democratic party nomination. In October, Gore led Bradley 16.1 points by 50.8 percent to 26.7 percent. In the survey conducted over the weekend, Gore now leads Bradley 46.6 percent to 30.5 percent, a 24.1 percent margin.

A US News & World Report poll released Saturday showed Bush would easily defeat either Gore or Bradley if the presidential election were held today.

According to the poll of 1,000 registered voters, Bush would defeat either Democrat, even in a three-way race with Pat Buchanan, if Buchanan receives the Reform Party nomination.

The poll showed Bush with 57 percent of the vote, compared with Gore's 35 percent in a matchup between the two.

However, in a three-way race, figuring Buchanan into the mix, Bush pulls 54 percent of the vote to Gore's 35 percent and Buchanan's 5 percent.

In a two-way race with Bradley, Bush gets 55 percent of the vote, compared with 37 percent for Bradley. In a three-way race with Bradley and Buchanan, it would be 49 percent for Bush, 36 percent for Bradley, and 7 percent for Buchanan, the poll said.

The US News & World Report poll has a margin of error of 3.1 percent and was conducted October 25-28 - before the publicity surrounding Bush's interview with a Boston TV reporter.