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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.