Poll: Young Voters Favor Kerry

The draft is another issue. As reported in Wednesday's tracking analysis, younger voters are more opposed to a possible draft than likely voters overall. And 40 percent of young voters think Bush would impose a draft, while only 24 percent think Kerry would. (Bush has said he would not re-impose a draft.)

On candidate attributes, young voters look similar to all likely voters. They give a slight edge to Kerry as the candidate who understands people like them, but the lead to Bush on taking clear stands on the issues and strong leadership.

Bush-Kerry Among Likely Voters
18-29 Older
Understands40-50% 45-46
Clear Stands58-34 55-36
Strong Leader57-35 56-36
More Honest45-40 48-40


This poll was conducted Oct. 17-20 among a random national sample of 2,401 adults, including 2,123 registered voters and 1,500 likely voters. The results have a 2.5-point error margin for the likely voter sample. ABC News and "The Washington Post" are sharing data collection for this tracking poll, then independently applying their own models to arrive at likely voter estimates. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

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