Thursday October 26 6:29 PM ET
Tie-Breakers Choose Bush Over Gore

UTICA, N.Y. (Reuters/Zogby) - In a scenario that would give the respondent in a recent Zogby poll the awesome power of casting the deciding vote to electing the next president, 45% chose Republican nominee George W. Bush (news - web sites).

In second place was Democrat Al Gore (news - web sites), who was chosen by 39.7%. Another 7.5% were not sure.

In the nationwide poll of 879 adults, Green Party candidate Ralph Nader (news - web sites) was selected by 5.1% and Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan (news - web sites) by 1.3%.

Nationally, the tie-breaking votes for Bush were from the West with 51.2%, South with 45.1%, and central/Great Lakes region with 45%. Gore was chosen by a 43.9%-39.7% margin in the East.

By age, Gore was chosen by (50.4%) of the 18-24 year olds, but all older age groups selected Bush.

African-Americans (78.5%) favor Gore as do Hispanics but with a far lesser margin, 49.2%-43.2%. whites, on the other hand, chose Bush 50.7%-33.4%.

The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.4%.

What we asked:

``If the election for president were a tie and your vote picked the winner, who would you choose.''