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U.S. PoliticsSep 24, 2008

Support for Global Engagement Declines

The public’s top long-term foreign policy goals are decidedly America-centric. Defending the country against terrorism, protecting U.S. jobs, and weaning the country from imported energy all draw extensive bipartisan support.

U.S. PoliticsSep 23, 2008

Cell Phones and the 2008 Vote: An Update

As in two preceding tests, a new survey shows that including cell phone interviews results in slightly more support for Obama and slightly less for McCain.

ReligionSep 23, 2008

Both McCain and Obama Favor Expanding Faith-Based Initiatives

Two experts discuss how and why partnerships between governments and religious social service groups are likely to continue to grow no matter which party controls the White House.

Media & NewsSep 23, 2008

Financial Fallout Pops Palin Media Bubble, Drives Campaign Coverage

Wall Street’s meltdown raised the possibility that the economy may become the decisive factor in the November election.

U.S. PoliticsSep 23, 2008

Most Approve of Wall Street Bailout and See Obama as Better Able to Address Crisis

With public interest in the economy at a 20-year high, by a margin of almost two-to-one Americans think the government is doing the right thing in investing billions of dollars to try to keep financial institutions and markets secure.

GlobalSep 22, 2008

A New Leader for a Chronically Gloomy Japan

Even if international financial markets were thriving, it is likely that the selection of Taro Aso as the new leader of Japan’s ruling party would still have played out against a backdrop of national apprehensiveness and pessimism.

Media & NewsSep 22, 2008

How the Media Has Handled Palin’s Faith

Coverage of her religious background and beliefs has often been a peripheral element in the story.

HispanicSep 18, 2008

Hispanics See Their Situation in U.S. Deteriorating

Increasingly widespread pessimism among Hispanics, as well as their strong opposition to federal enforcement policies, could well have consequences in the political arena.

U.S. PoliticsSep 18, 2008

McCain Gains on Issues, But Stalls as Candidate of Change

The race remains close as enthusiasm for McCain increases among GOP base. Somewhat more swing voters (46%) say their greater concern is that McCain will govern too much like President Bush, rather than that Obama lacks experience (37%).

U.S. PoliticsSep 18, 2008

Views of Palin Fluid as Spotlight Remains on GOP Ticket

Sarah Palin continued to be a dominant factor in presidential campaign coverage last week, but her impact on the race remains unclear and her public image is very much in flux.