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Gore Concession Urged if Bush Wins

November 14, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Despite doubts about the accuracy of the presidential vote in several close states, a majority of voters believes the results of the recount in Florida should determine whether George W. Bush or Al Gore becomes the next president, a new poll says.

A win in Florida would give either Republican Bush or Democrat Gore the 25 votes needed for a majority in the Electoral College, which elects the president.

A survey of voters released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found them split about the accuracy of last Tuesday’s election, with 49 percent believing the counts in Florida and other close states will be accurate, and 42 percent disagreeing.

But most voters apparently want the Florida recount to settle the issue.

Almost six in 10 of those surveyed said they oppose allowing Palm Beach County, Fla., voters to vote again. Some of those voters have complained that an apparently confusing ballot led them to cast their ballot for Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan instead of Gore.

The bottom line: ``People want the Florida recount to be it,″ said poll director Andrew Kohut.

Bush and Gore supporters appear deeply divided over how to interpret a potential Bush win.

If the Florida recount favors Bush, 95 percent of those who voted for the Texas governor say he will have legitimately won the election, even though he may lose the popular vote to Gore.

Four in 10 Gore voters say Bush will be the legitimate victor.

The telephone survey of 1,113 voters was conducted Nov. 10-12 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

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