U.S. Politics Apr. 12, 2007

Money Walks

The Republican Party has traditionally garnered it strongest backing from wealthier voters. But the recent overall decline in Republican Party affiliation nationwide has taken a toll even on GOP support among affluent voters.

U.S. Politics Apr. 4, 2007

The NRA’s Image Improves as Support for Gun Control Slips

Surveys taken before the Virginia Tech shootings showed that Americans had become less disposed to support gun control measures than they were in the years surrounding the Columbine school shootings in 1999.

U.S. Politics Mar. 22, 2007

Iraq and Vietnam: A Crucial Difference in Opinion

While public opinion about the war in Iraq has followed a path not unlike that charted during the Vietnam War, one important disparity stands out: attitudes toward the military.

U.S. Politics Mar. 15, 2007

Trends in Public Opinion about the War in Iraq, 2003-2007

On the fourth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the public has turned against the decision to use military force. But views of how the military effort is going, while now decidedly negative, have been more volatile, and Americans have been slow to conclude that U.S. troops should be withdrawn.

U.S. Politics Mar. 8, 2007

Foreign Policy: The Public Sends a Muddled Message

Opinion surveys find much in the way of public frustration, but little in the way of direction on the international and military front.

Hispanic Mar. 7, 2007

Construction Jobs Expand for Latinos Despite Slump in Housing Market

Despite the housing slump, Hispanic workers find a ready market for their skills.

U.S. Politics Feb. 14, 2007

How Reliable Are the Early Presidential Polls?

As the number of declared presidential candidates grows, followers of early poll readings should bear in mind some caveats. Early frontrunners for the Republican nomination in most of the past seven open contests have gone on to win the nomination, but this year there are two GOP frontrunners instead of one clear leader. On the Democratic side, even when there is a clear frontrunner as there is this year with Sen. Hillary Clinton, the early polls have been less reliable in predicting who will capture the nomination.

U.S. Politics Feb. 7, 2007

Can You Trust What Polls Say about Obama’s Electoral Prospects?

The strong showing of Democrat Barack Obama in early trial heat polls for the 2008 presidential election raises anew the question of whether the American public is ready to support an African American candidate for president. Recent polling points to two significant shifts on this question.

Internet & Tech Jan. 30, 2007

Tagging Play

New internet features let users organize digital material their own way.

Internet & Tech Jan. 17, 2007

Election 2006 Online

A new poll finds the number of Americans who got most of their information about the 2006 campaign on the internet doubled from the 2002 mid-term election, and many used the web to become politically involved.