U.S. Politics Jan. 18, 2008

Mind the Gender Gap

Does Hilary Clinton have a problem with male voters or does Barack Obama simply appeal more to men?

U.S. Politics Jan. 11, 2008

The GOP’s Unanswered Question

Thursday night’s Republican debate in South Carolina in the wake of John McCain’s comeback victory in New Hampshire and Mike Huckabee’s surprising win in Iowa raised more questions than it answered.

U.S. Politics Jan. 10, 2008

Getting It Wrong

Several factors deserve exploration, but one should not ignore the possibility of the longstanding pattern of pre-election polls overstating support for black candidates among white voters, particularly white voters who are poor.

U.S. Politics Dec. 19, 2007

Primary Preview: Dynamics Differ for the Two Parties in Early Races

For Democratic candidates, the decisive factors in Iowa and New Hampshire are personal and tactical; for GOP contestants, however, the ultimate outcome may be decided by the relative strength of newly combative ideological elements.

U.S. Politics Dec. 18, 2007

What Was — and Wasn’t — On the Public’s Mind in 2007

A compilation of the top 15 stories in which public opinion played a significant role, and the year’s most notable “non-barking dogs.”

U.S. Politics Dec. 4, 2007

Public Opinion About Mormons

Mitt Romney’s speech discussing the role of religion in American politics addressed a public among which many harbor doubts about his Mormon faith.

U.S. Politics Nov. 19, 2007

Tracking the Traders

A look at the attitudes of the regular buyers and sellers who make the stock market go up and down finds they are, among other things, even more likely to support the frontrunners in both the Democratic and Republican primaries.

U.S. Politics Nov. 19, 2007

The View from the Other Side

A survey finds no evidence that a significant number of voters are considering crossing party lines — or voting strategically for the other party’s weakest candidate.

U.S. Politics Sep. 13, 2007

A Nation of “Haves” and “Have-Nots”?

Over the past two decades, the number of Americans who see the country as divided along economic lines has increased sharply, and twice as many people now see themselves among the society’s “have-nots.”

U.S. Politics Sep. 5, 2007

What Could Convince Americans to Stay the Course in Iraq?

A look at the course of opinions about the Iraq war over the past few years suggests that two crucial but opposing factors in U.S. thinking will likely shape the public’s response to the Petraeus report.