WASHINGTON (AP) - Voters who haven't firmly committed to a presidential candidate are in a sour mood.
They tend to be more disapproving of President Bush, have a gloomier view of the economy and be more likely to think the country is headed down the wrong track. The mood of these persuadable voters prompted one veteran Republican strategist to warn the Bush campaign that dramatic steps are needed to prevent them from bolting to Democrat John Kerry.
Republican strategist Tony Fabrizio, the pollster for Republican Bob Dole's presidential run in 1996, warned the GOP about the sour mood of undecided voters in battleground states, a small slice of the uncommitted voters in the electorate.
They were more likely to disapprove of Bush's handling of the economy - 56 percent compared with 50 percent overall - and more likely to disapprove of Bush's handling of other domestic issues like health care and education - 59 percent to 52 percent overall. They also were more concerned about the economy than voters generally.