And since respondents told Time that the economy was the most important issue, watch for Kerry to widen his lead in months to come.
Senator John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee, widened his lead to 5 percentage points over President George W. Bush in the week after the Democratic National Convention, according to a Time Magazine poll that showed voters regard the economy as the primary issue.
Kerry leads Bush 48 percent to 43 percent with 4 percent for independent candidate Ralph Nader, Time said. The poll of 1,202 adults included 1,001 registered voters of whom 758 are likely voters. It was conducted by telephone Aug. 3-5 and the margin of error is 4 percentage points.