The ABC News tracking poll has Bush’s lead at 5% points, “essentially unchanged” after the debate. Pew Research also has a steady 5% point lead among likely voters for Bush, and a seven point lead among registered voters –a one point gain for Kerry. Kerry’s no bounce debate follows his no bounce convention, and the exploitation of Kerry’s incredibly strange and dangerous foreign policy views articulated Thursday night has just begun.
I think Kerry’s performance was better than that, but I also think that it wasn’t as good as the media’s predictable hyping would suggest.
UPDATE: Okay, Kerry’s done well in the national polls, but Slate — no bunch of GOP shills — is showing it Bush 348, Kerry 190 in the electoral vote count. I’m confused.