Issue Poll Shows Independents Siding More With Bush Than Gore

By Cheryl K. Chumley | July 7, 2008 | 8:26 PM EDT

( - The nation's Independent voters favor the stance of Texas Governor George W Bush over Vice President Al Gore when considering select issues of abortion, gun control, and taxes, a new Zogby International poll revealed.

Gore does better with Independents, however, on the issues of minimum wage and military spending.

Zogby is a nonpartisan agency with offices in New York and Washington. Its latest survey of 1,008 Independent voters was conducted July 6 through July 8.

According to the survey, nearly 49 percent of respondents said they support a presidential candidate who favors a ban on partial birth abortion, as Bush does. 41 percent said they would prefer their leader to veto such legislation, as Gore would do.

Almost 64 percent believed too much of their income was devoted to federal tax programs, compared to the estimated 40 percent who said they were satisfied with the current tax system. This also favors Bush, who promises major tax cuts if elected.

Like Bush, 69 percent of poll participants favored the enforcement of existing gun control laws, rather than the development and implementation of new ones. Echoing Gore's view, about 25 percent said they wanted new laws to be created.

The Zogby poll also asked Independent voters about minimum wage and military spending questions, issues on which Gore appears to hold an advantage.

The survey asked whether voters favored gradually increasing the minimum wage by $1 an hour over three years, "to help low income families and others get off the welfare rolls, and improve the standard of living."

"52 percent believe that", Zogby said, a majority that is aligned with Gore's views. 40 percent, Zogby said, believe an increased minimum wage would prove harmful to the economy.

Zogby also said Gore won the support of Independent poll participants in the area of the military, as 49 percent believed "our military was relatively safe from foreign aggressors," and was not in need of increased funding. 40 percent of respondents favored a candidate who supported a "military buildup immediately."