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September 24, 2004



NBC NEWS and THE WALL STREET JOURNAL released a poll of voters this week that shows a very tight race. In this feature, you can explore poll results in three key categories: fitness to be commander-in-chief, the war in Iraq and the overall performance of President Bush. Navigate the pages via the pulldown menu to the right.



QUESTION: How much confidence do you have in John Kerry as commander-in-chief -- a great deal, quite a bit, just some, or very little?

RESULTS 9/04 8/04
A great deal of confidence 23 16
Quite a bit of confidence 18 19
Just some confidence 19 25
Very little confidence 31 29
No confidence at all 7 9
Not sure 2 2

QUESTION: How much confidence do you have in George W. Bush as commander-in-chief -- a great deal, quite a bit, just some, or very little?

RESULTS 9/04 5/04
A great deal of confidence 31 30
Quite a bit of confidence 17 17
Just some confidence 16 17
Very little confidence 24 35
No confidence at all 11 NA
Not sure 1 1

About the poll: The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll was based on nationwide telephone interviews of 1,006 registered voters and conducted September 17-19, 2004, by the polling organizations of Peter Hart and Bill McInturff. The survey included 787 "likely voters" who were identified by having expressed a high level of interest in the election. The sample was drawn using random-digit dialing to be representative of the U.S. population.