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NEWS FLASH November 9, 1999

Voters Are Getting the Hang of Which George Bush Is Which
A new poll finds 68% know George W. is not his dad -- a big improvement from earlier results

George W. Bush may not know the names of obscure leaders in some global hot spots, but the Republican Presidential front-runner should be glad that most Americans finally know who he is.

When asked whether Bush was the former U.S. President or the governor of Texas, 68% of Americans surveyed by Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates identified the candidate as the current governor of Texas. Twelve percent were sure he was the 41st President, and another 12% said he held both jobs, according to the Republican polling firm's Oct. 19-21 survey.

Earlier surveys showed considerable confusion in the electorate. Despite the saturation media coverage of the Bush campaign, one midyear poll found that voters, when asked how they describe George W. Bush, most frequently answered "former President." Now, fewer than one-fourth of Americans cling to that misperception.

HELP FROM DAD. What's more, the younger Bush clearly benefits from his father's reputation. A Harris Poll conducted Oct. 22-25 found that 81% said George W. profits from the fact that his father is the former President, while just 8% say he's hurt by the connection. The good feelings toward the elder Bush transcend partisan lines. Democrats also say Bush Jr. gets a boost from dad, 81% to 11%.

When it comes to White House connections, Al Gore isn't so lucky. Only 29% of voters say he's helped by his association with the Clinton White House, while 60% say he's hurt. Even among Democrats, only 40% say the President helps Gore; 47% say he's damaged by his Clinton ties.

By Richard S. Dunham in Washington EDITED BY DOUGLAS HARBRECHT _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

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