Good Week for Bush, Pollster Says

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

( - The latest Zogby America poll says President Bush had a good convention, a good week -- and now leads Democrat John F. Kerry by two points -- within the margin of error, but Bush's first lead in this particular poll in weeks.

The Zogby America poll of 1,001 likely voters, conducted Monday through Thursday, gives Bush 46 percent of the vote to Kerry's 44 percent, with 9 percent of voters undecided. Overall results have a 3.2 point margin or error either way.

In the previous Zogby America poll, conducted July 27-29, Kerry led Bush 48-43 percent, with 8 percent of voters undecided.

Pollster John Zogby noted that President Bush dominated the news this week, "with his own message - leadership, strength, decisiveness." And not only did Bush dominate the news, but according to Zogby, he has "thrown Kerry off his game."

"The president has widened his lead in the Red States and tightened things up considerably in the Blue States, Zogby said. "For the first time in months, he now leads among Independents and Catholics."

The battle is now engaged, Zogby said, noting that President Bush's "bounce" may not last long.

"There will be leads and drops for both candidates, and Kerry has to sharpen his message," Zogby said.

"At the same time, the economy is still the top issue, and Friday's unemployment figures will give us a hint as to whether the president will continue on the offensive or go back on the defensive," Zogby said.