U.S. Politics Aug. 6, 2009

The Republican Party’s Dilemma

The Sotomayor vote represents the dilemma the GOP faces coming out of its 2008 and 2006 election defeats: how to keep its base happy on the one hand and broaden its appeal to women, Latinos and young people, on the other.

U.S. Politics Jul. 24, 2009

Few See U.S. Health Care as ’Best in the World’

Most Americans rate the nation’s health care as no better than average when compared with health care in other industrialized countries. Conservative Republicans are most likely to give the U.S. system high marks.

U.S. Politics Jul. 15, 2009

“One Small Step” No Longer Seen as Such a Giant Leap for America

Four decades after the first American astronauts walked on the moon, that historic accomplishment has lost some prominence in the eyes of the public. Gen Y is especially spaced out.

U.S. Politics Jul. 9, 2009

Accurately Locating Where Wireless Respondents Live Requires More Than A Phone Number

The mobile nature of wireless phones creates a significant problem for geographic sampling.This problem is exacerbated by the fact that the wireless-only are more geographically mobile than those with landline phones.

U.S. Politics Jun. 25, 2009

Perils of Polling in Election ’08

Despite such challenges as a growing wireless-only population, possible racially-related response bias and greater-than-usual difficulties in forecasting turnout, polllsters’ methods were evidently adequate to the task.

U.S. Politics Jun. 24, 2009

Pollwatch: Comparing the Polls on Spending and the Deficit

How the question is phrased has a clear impact on whether the public rates deficit reduction or stimulus spending more important.

U.S. Politics Jun. 5, 2009

Gen Next Squeezed By Recession, But Most See Better Times Ahead

While the economic downturn is falling quite heavily on younger Americans, their overall outlook remains optimistic. A new survey also finds Generation Next expressing more liberal views when compared with older age cohorts as well as evidence of increased political engagement.

U.S. Politics Jun. 2, 2009

Public Backs Affirmative Action, But Not Minority Preferences

The public has generally been supportive of affirmative action programs, but is decidedly opposed to the idea of providing preferential treatment to minorities.

U.S. Politics May. 7, 2009

Top of the Mind Impressions of Obama

An interactive graphic shows how perceptions of the president have changed over the past few months.

U.S. Politics Apr. 22, 2009

Will Obama Ride Reagan’s Ratings Roller Coaster?

A close look at reactions to Reagan’s first few months in office provides striking parallels with what polls now find about opinions of Obama. And a consideration of the Reagan experience may well give some clues as to what lies ahead for the 44th president.