U.S. Politics Jan. 21, 2009

Who Expects To Gain — And Lose — Under Obama

More Americans say that people like themselves will gain influence under the Obama administration than was the case for the last two incoming presidents. Many who did not vote for Obama say this as well — including pluralities of all whites and white evangelical Christians.

U.S. Politics Dec. 18, 2008

Calling Cell Phones In ’08 Pre-Election Polls

The latest study of Pew Research Center election surveys analyzes the effects of conducting both landline and cell phone interviews. While the addition of cell phones had at most a modest effect on estimates of candidate support in individual surveys, when looked at in the aggregate clear patterns emerge.

U.S. Politics Dec. 16, 2008

What a Year! People-Press Poll Reports in 2008

Findings from Pew Research Center polls over the year told the story of the longest — and one of the most exciting — presidential elections in U.S. history as well as recording the public’s reactions to other major events ranging from the pope’s visit, to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to the onset of a mega-economic downturn.

U.S. Politics Dec. 8, 2008

Some Final Thoughts on Campaign ’08

A wrap-up of possibly overlooked polling trends and end-of-campaign happenings.

U.S. Politics Nov. 25, 2008

Winds of Political Change Haven’t Shifted Public’s Ideology Balance

Still, ideological labels don’t always predict policy opinions; e.g.,about half of self-described conservatives say that all or some of the Bush tax cuts should be repealed while many liberals support off-shore drilling.

U.S. Politics Nov. 14, 2008

High Hopes

Barack Obama won only 53% of the vote on Election Day, but he is getting a landslide greeting from the American public with voters giving Obama better grades for his conduct during the campaign than any presidential candidate since 1988.

U.S. Politics Nov. 13, 2008

Young Voters in the 2008 Election

This year, 66% of those under age 30 voted for Barack Obama making the disparity between young voters and other age groups larger than in any presidential election since exit polling began in 1972.

U.S. Politics Nov. 13, 2008

Post-Election Perspectives

In remarks at a dinner at the Newseum hosted by the Roper Center, Pew Research Center President Andrew Kohut analyzed the voter preferences revealed in exit and post-election polls and their implications for the incoming administration.

U.S. Politics Nov. 5, 2008

Inside Obama’s Sweeping Victory

Barack Obama captured the White House on the strength of a substantial electoral shift toward the Democratic Party and by winning a number of key groups in the middle of the electorate. In particular, the overwhelming backing of younger voters was a critical factor in Obama’s victory, according to an analysis of National Election Pool exit poll data.

U.S. Politics Oct. 31, 2008

Internet Now Major Source of Campaign News

Television remains the dominant source, but the percent of people who say they get most of their campaign news from the internet has tripled since 2004.