U.S. Politics Mar. 27, 2008

Obama Weathers the Wright Storm, Clinton Faces Credibility Problem

Obama’s personal image remains more favorable than Clinton’s – and he retains a 10-point advantage over her in the race for the nomination. But certain beliefs and attitudes among older, white, working-class Democrats are associated with his lower levels of support among this group.

U.S. Politics Mar. 27, 2008

Dismal Views of the National Economy : It’s the Inflation, Stupid

Public satisfaction with the state of the nation is about as low as it has been in 20 years of Pew polling; but optimism about the future rises somewhat.

U.S. Politics Mar. 20, 2008

Political Water Cooler Conversation Features Ferraro, Rev. Wright

Not only are Americans closely following news about Obama’s preacher and Clinton surrogates, but an overwhelming majority (84%) are talking about the campaign with family and friends.

U.S. Politics Mar. 20, 2008

Fewer Voters Identify as Republicans

The balance of party identification in the U.S. electorate now favors the Democratic Party by a decidedly larger margin than in either of the two previous presidential election cycles including in some key swing states.

U.S. Politics Mar. 19, 2008

Public Attitudes Toward the War in Iraq: 2003-2008

Ratings of how things are going in Iraq have improved over the past year, but a clear majority now say the initial decision to go to war was wrong.

U.S. Politics Mar. 19, 2008

Public Still Faults Government Care for Troops

A year after problems at Walter Reed and other military hospitals made major news, Americans see no improvement in treatment of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

U.S. Politics Mar. 17, 2008

Financial Woes Overshadow All Other Concerns For Journalists

A new survey of national and local reporters, producers, editors and executives finds soaring economic woes eclipse traditional worries about quality of coverage and credibility.

U.S. Politics Mar. 14, 2008

What Foreign Policy Agenda?

Presidential challengers — and the ultimate winner — will face a public that is disillusioned, downbeat and partisan about foreign affairs but far from clear about what it wants done.

U.S. Politics Mar. 13, 2008

Rumors and Red Phones Capture The Public’s Political Attention

Americans are paying close attention to all aspects of the election this year, but the most widely recognized item involves rumors that Obama is a Muslim.

U.S. Politics Mar. 12, 2008

Awareness of Iraq War Fatalities Plummets

Public awareness of the number of American military killed in Iraq has declined sharply since last August along with news coverage of the war. A new Pew News IQ survey provides an updated look at the public’s knowledge of political and world affairs.