U.S. Politics May. 16, 2007

Deconstructing the Debate 5/15/07

A review of recent polling reveals that on most — though not all issues — the candidates are in tune with the majority of Republicans, but somewhat at odds with the broader public.

U.S. Politics May. 9, 2007

Closeness to Troops Boosts Support for War — but Not By Much

Those with close contacts to servicemembers in Iraq or Afghanistan tend to be more supportive of the Iraq war but their differences with those who are not closely connected are relatively modest.

U.S. Politics May. 9, 2007

Are Americans Ready to Elect a Female President?

When evaluating Sen. Hillary Clinton’s 2008 prospects, one question remains inescapable: Are American voters ready to pick a female president? A review of exit polls in statewide elections suggests that, at least for Democratic candidates, being a woman is not an obstacle.

U.S. Politics May. 9, 2007

Public Chows Down on Pet Food Recall

The recall of more than 100 brands of pet food due to possible contamination was the second most closely followed news story last week. Only events in Iraq attracted more public interest.

U.S. Politics May. 2, 2007

The GOP’s Invisible Men

Heading into their first debate Thursday evening, what Republican candidates for the presidency need most is to gain visibility. The latest News Interest Index survey finds Clinton and Obama are far more visible, even to Republicans.

U.S. Politics May. 2, 2007

Surge in Support for Social Safety Net

Support for government programs to help disadvantaged Americans, as well as sympathy for the plight of the poor, have surged since 1994 and returned to levels last seen in 1990 prior to welfare reform, with gains occurring among virtually every major social, political and demographic group.

U.S. Politics May. 2, 2007

The Republicans Can’t Possibly Win in ’08…or Can They?

Indicators of voter sentiment suggest most of the public wants change and may likely vote Democratic next year. Are aspirants for the GOP nomination wasting their time? Don’t be too sure.

U.S. Politics Apr. 26, 2007

Campaign ’08: Analysis of Key Voter Groups

Who’s most inspiring? Who’s most electable? Find out how liberals and conservatives, war supporters and opponents and other segments of the electorate rate the presidential candidates. Also, a solid majority of the public favors troop withdrawal, but both sides reject compromise over Iraq funding.

U.S. Politics Apr. 25, 2007

Blacksburg Tragedy Draws Close Public Attention, but Less Than Columbine Did Eight Years Ago

Fully 45% of Americans paid very close attention to the Va. Tech shootings but more than two-thirds of Americans (68%) paid very close attention to the Columbine incident in 1999.

U.S. Politics Apr. 23, 2007

Va. Tech Shootings Produce Little Boost for Gun Control

Six-in-ten Americans say it is more important to control gun ownership, while 32% give priority to protecting Americans’ right to own guns. But a 55% majority opposes a ban on the sale of handguns.