U.S. Politics May. 14, 2008

In the Public Eye: Who’s Up (Al Gore) And Who’s Down (Oprah Winfrey)

Since endorsing Obama, the talk show host’s popularity has fallen among Republicans while the former vice president now rivals Obama and tops Clinton in favorability.

U.S. Politics May. 14, 2008

Public Says Press Should Not Declare Obama the Winner

Fully 72% of the public – including comparable percentages of Democrats, Republicans and independents – say that journalists should not be anointing Obama as the Democratic nominee at this stage in the race.

U.S. Politics May. 9, 2008

The Widening Gap

While Barack Obama’s appeal to the young coincides with their increasing Democratic alignment, older voters do not show the greater allegiance to the GOP that might explain their relative reluctance to support him.

U.S. Politics May. 8, 2008

An Increase in GOP Doubt About Global Warming Deepens Partisan Divide

The proportion of Americans who say that the earth is getting warmer has decreased modestly since January 2007, mostly because of a decline among Republicans.

U.S. Politics May. 8, 2008

Pocketbooks Top Politics

The presidential campaign once again was the most heavily covered story of the week, accounting for 38% of all news coverage. The public, however, was more interested in rising gas prices and the economy, both topics that received far less media coverage.

U.S. Politics May. 7, 2008

Hard Hats See Hard Times

While the latest statistics reported fewer job losses than analysts expected, the public is expressing increasing concern about job availability; but unlike in the 1992 downturn, such worries are concentrated in the lower portions of the income spectrum.

U.S. Politics May. 6, 2008

Pope Benedict’s Image Improves Following U.S. Visit

Currently, 61% of Americans say they have a favorable impression of the pontiff, up from 52% in late March, while views of his outreach to other faiths have also shown substantial improvement.

U.S. Politics May. 1, 2008

Democratic Campaign Taking a Toll on Both Obama and Clinton

In four separate surveys conducted since March 20, when asked about each of the Democratic candidates, between 25%-31% of the public has said their opinions have recently become less favorable.

U.S. Politics May. 1, 2008

Obama’s Lead Over Clinton Disappears; Unfavorables Rise for Both Candidates

Barack Obama’s slipping support for the Democratic nomination reflects a modest decline in his personal image rather than improved impressions of Hillary Clinton. Both retain advantage over McCain as economy tops public’s concerns.

U.S. Politics Apr. 28, 2008

Gen Dems: The Party’s Advantage Among Young Voters Widens

Trends in the opinions of America’s youngest voters are often a barometer of shifting political winds. And that appears to be the case in 2008. Use the interactive tool to track generational differences in party affiliation over time.