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Richard Piatt ReportingPresident Bush boosted an already considerable lead in Utah after his Republican convention speech last night. That's according to an exclusive poll for Eyewitness News by Survey USA today. But around the nation, reviews are more mixed.
Utah Republicans are hailing the President as a "Great American" after his speech. And results of an exclusive Survey USA poll in Utah for Eyewitness News shows most people in this state agree. 64 percent of the 289 people who saw the speech say they have a more favorable opinion of the President now. Only 12 percent say their opinion is less favorable.
For the Jessop family of Orem, the speech merely cements their belief in the President's leadership qualities.
Dalliene Jessop: "He's shown us what he's going to do in response to different things that have happened in the country, he will do it."
Time magazine reports the President ahead of Democrat John Kerry by eleven percentage points--52 to 41 percent. In Utah, confidence is even greater. 78 percent say they think Bush will get re-elected, an 11-point bounce from a July 30th poll. And, 61 percent say President Bush shares their values after the speech, compared with 25 percent who said John Kerry did after his convention speech.
Matt Curtis: "His values are a lot like mine. He keeps God in the country and I think that's great."
The President pushed his progress on the terror war and keeping America safe in his speech. Most Utahn's agree the President has a plan to win the war on terror. But 32 percent think the president doesn't have a plan. And, as a result, there are still a number of Utah voters who say they're undecided right now.
Thomas Hanson: "There's a lot of rhetoric, and politicians have expert writers, and I don't know, I don't think I would necessarily vote for him."
Across the nation, the President is enjoying a boost in popularity. That's according to similar Survey USA poll results that show double-digit jumps in Philadelphia, Denver, Detroit, Oklahoma city, and Jacksonville Florida.