U.S. Politics Sep. 24, 2007

Political Knowledge Update

Take our updated quiz about prominent people and major events in the news. Then see how you did in comparison with 1,005 randomly sampled adults asked the same questions in a recent national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.

U.S. Politics Sep. 20, 2007

The Oprah Factor in Campaign ’08

Do political endorsements matter? Generally they have little impact on voter preferences, but there’s no telling whether Oprah Winfrey can do for Obama what she has done for countless books and products.

U.S. Politics Sep. 20, 2007

Voters Assess the ’08 Hopefuls: Clinton Seen as ’Tough,’ Giuliani Viewed as ’Energetic’

The public is no more engaged by the presidential campaign than in the spring, but the perceived strengths of some leading candidates are coming into focus.

U.S. Politics Sep. 18, 2007

Petraeus’ Proposals Draw Public Approval, But Fail to Lift War Support

A new Pew survey finds most Americans (57%) approve of the general’s recommendations for troop withdrawals, but just 16% say Petraeus’ statements have made them more optimistic about the war, while 67% say their views were unchanged by the general’s report.

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.

U.S. Politics Aug. 30, 2007

Black Enthusiasm for Clinton and Obama Leaves Little Room for Edwards

The popularity of the two top contenders among key segments of the Democratic electorate may help explain why Edwards’s populist platform has not drawn wider support so far.

U.S. Politics Aug. 28, 2007

Michael Vick Case Draws Large Audience

The Atlanta Falcons quarterback’s legal troubles were last week’s most followed news. Opinions of media coverage of the story showed a sharp racial divide with blacks far more critical than whites.

U.S. Politics Aug. 28, 2007

Along the Iraq-Vietnam Parallel

To many observers the most obvious parallel between the two conflicts is that, after early public support, disillusionment mounted as hostilities dragged on. But while the overall trajectory is similar, an important political difference distinguishes public attitudes toward the two wars.

U.S. Politics Aug. 23, 2007

Who Watches Wall Street?

Interest in the stock market is currently relatively high, but only a minority of Americans regularly follows economic news unless, like gas and food prices, it hits directly on the average pocketbook.