PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- George W. Bush has widened his lead over Al Gore to 16 percentage points, in a CNN-Time poll released Friday.
Republican Bush and running mate Dick Cheney led Democrat Gore, 52 percent to 36 percent, in a four-way matchup with the Green Party's Ralph Nader, who was at 5 percent, and Reform Party hopeful Pat Buchanan, at 4 percent.
The poll shows Bush's lead increasing by 10 percentage points since mid-June, when he led 48 percent to 42 percent in a similar survey. Nader was at 4 percent and Buchanan at 3 percent.
The CNN-Time poll of 684 likely voters was conducted Wednesday and Thursday, after Cheney joined Bush's ticket. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
It was the latest in a flurry of polls showing Bush widening his lead over Gore heading into the four-day Republican National Convention.
The latest CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll, released Thursday, found the Republican ticket with an 11-point lead over Gore, 50 percent to 39 percent, among likely voters. Nader was at 4 percent and Buchanan was at 1 percent in that survey, also conducted after Cheney's selection.
Gore had closed the gap with Bush just a week ago in the same poll.
The CNN-USA Today-Gallup survey of 632 likely voters was taken Tuesday and Wednesday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
Candidates often see a rise in their poll ratings during their party's convention, and sometimes even before it starts. But two post-Cheney polls released Friday found no movement for Bush.
A Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll showed Bush ahead, 43 percent to 37 percent, with Nader at 6 percent and Buchanan at 3 percent. The numbers were virtually unchanged from two weeks earlier, when Bush led 44 percent to 36 percent, with Nader at 8 percent and Buchanan at 4 percent.
The survey of 900 registered voters was conducted Wednesday and Thursday, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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