U.S. Politics Mar. 6, 2008

Public Sees Fair Fight

Every week since November, 2007, the most covered news story has been the election, and the public has taken notice. Almost half of Americans (47%) listed it as the single news story they were following more closely than any other, up from 10% last November.

U.S. Politics Mar. 6, 2008

Mixed Signals on Energy Policy

The public remains conflicted in its approach toward energy and the environment, but 55% favor more conservation and regulation compared with 35% who support expanded exploration. Fully 90% favor tighter auto fuel standards.

U.S. Politics Mar. 3, 2008

Getting to Know Them

If they turn out to be their party’s nominees, both Barack Obama and John McCain need to educate voters about themselves in some pretty basic, and challenging, ways.

U.S. Politics Feb. 28, 2008

Obama Has the Lead, but Potential Problems Too

Obama has moved out to a broad-based advantage over Clinton in the national Democratic primary contest. Public attitudes about the war in Iraq have turned more positive, a favorable development for McCain.

U.S. Politics Feb. 27, 2008

NY Times’ McCain Story Draws Public Interest – And Disapproval

By a nearly two-to-one margin those familiar with the Times’ article on the Arizona senator’s ties to a lobbyist think the paper was wrong to publish it.

U.S. Politics Feb. 25, 2008

In November, Will Age Matter?

John McCain’s age has remained notably absent as a campaign issue, but earlier polling data suggest it could become a big issue for the Arizona senator come November.

U.S. Politics Feb. 21, 2008

Campaign Seen as Less Negative than 2004 Contest

The public remains highly engaged in the election, with no increase in campaign fatigue. Also, with the Democratic race still in question, a Gore endorsement would be more influential than one from Edwards.

U.S. Politics Feb. 14, 2008

Economic Discontent Deepens As Inflation Concerns Rise

Public views of the U.S. economy, already quite negative, have plummeted since January. Just 17% currently rate the nation’s economy as excellent or good, down from 26% last month.

U.S. Politics Feb. 13, 2008

Obama Inspiring but Inexperienced, Clinton Prepared to Lead but “Hard to Like”

While Democrats and independents who lean Democratic believe Clinton is prepared to lead, Obama has a clear lead on three positive campaign themes: inspiration, change, and honesty.

U.S. Politics Feb. 11, 2008

Young Voters in the 2008 Presidential Primaries

Beyond the vote, the exit polls point to interesting differences — and similarities — between younger and older Democratic voters.