U.S. Politics Oct. 11, 2006

Growing Number of Liberal Democrats

About one-third of Democratic voters now describe themselves as liberal, an increase since 2000, when just one-in-four Democrats self-identified with the “L-word.” Meantime, some 41% of Democrats now call themselves moderate and 23% say they are conservatives.

U.S. Politics Oct. 5, 2006

Iraq Looms Large in a Nationalized Election

A new poll finds dismay about U.S. military action in Iraq at its highest level since the war began and many voters say the issue will be primary in their ballot decisions come November. Resignation of Rep. Foley has little impact so far.

U.S. Politics Sep. 28, 2006

Blue States Get Even More Democratic

Red States Stay Red, Blue States Get Bluer, Swing States Deadlock

U.S. Politics Sep. 22, 2006

Bush’s September Gains: A Mixed Picture

Polls show little boost for GOP in generic ballot.

U.S. Politics Sep. 14, 2006

Democrats Hold Solid Lead; Strong Anti-Incumbent, Anti-Bush Mood

Voters view the coming elections through the prism of national issues and concerns

U.S. Politics Sep. 6, 2006

A Diminished Public Appetite for Military Force and Mideast Oil

Americans’ views of the impact of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have changed little since 2001, but most no longer see an expanded U.S. military overseas as helpful.

U.S. Politics Aug. 30, 2006

Democrats Face Ideological Split Over Wal-Mart

Leading Democrats have attacked the employment practices of Wal-Mart, but the party’s rank-and-file is divided about the company. Liberals are negative, while conservatives and moderates have a positive view.

U.S. Politics Aug. 24, 2006

Katie Couric: Perky and Cute, But Smart, Informed and Liberal, Too

The public has lots of kind words for Katie, Brian and Charles, but just one of the three new network anchors has cornered the market on “perky” and “liberal.” Guess who?

U.S. Politics Aug. 17, 2006

Voters Focus on Domestic Issues, Despite Crises Abroad

War in Lebanon, widening violence in Iraq and the foiled airline terror plot failed to produce big changes in attitudes toward Israel or President Bush while economic worries continue to dominate the voting agenda.

U.S. Politics Aug. 8, 2006

Public Conflicted About Press Reports of Bank Record Monitoring

Majority says reports hurt interest of American people — but even bigger majority says they tell citizens something they should know.