U.S. Politics Jan. 24, 2008

Laura Bush’s Declining Favorability

Laura Bush, once almost universally liked, has seen her favorability ratings slip over the past three years, especially among young adults. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has also fallen from favor.

U.S. Politics Jan. 24, 2008

Interest Surges in Economic News, Especially the Housing Crisis

Public interest in economic news reached its highest level in five years. Interest was only somewhat greater during the recession of the early 1990s.

U.S. Politics Jan. 18, 2008

Mind the Gender Gap

Does Hilary Clinton have a problem with male voters or does Barack Obama simply appeal more to men?

U.S. Politics Jan. 16, 2008

In GOP Primaries: Three Victors, Three Constituencies

The Republican nomination contest is being increasingly shaped by ideology and religion, while the dynamics of the Democratic race are more heavily influenced by class, race and gender.

U.S. Politics Jan. 11, 2008

The Internet’s Broader Role in Campaign 2008

The internet is living up to its potential as a major source for news about the presidential races. Nearly a quarter of Americans say they regularly learn something about the campaign from the internet, almost double the percentage at a comparable point in 2004.

U.S. Politics Jan. 11, 2008

The GOP’s Unanswered Question

Thursday night’s Republican debate in South Carolina in the wake of John McCain’s comeback victory in New Hampshire and Mike Huckabee’s surprising win in Iowa raised more questions than it answered.

U.S. Politics Jan. 10, 2008

Getting It Wrong

Several factors deserve exploration, but one should not ignore the possibility of the longstanding pattern of pre-election polls overstating support for black candidates among white voters, particularly white voters who are poor.

U.S. Politics Jan. 10, 2008

Only Half of Public Can Name Both Iowa Winners, but Many Complain of Too Much Media Coverage

In the wake of his Iowa victory, Barack Obama for the first time supplanted Hillary Clinton as the most visible presidential candidate.

U.S. Politics Jan. 4, 2008

The Public’s Not-So-Happy New Year

Americans begin 2008 with a highly negative view of national conditions and President Bush, and with tempered expectations for the coming year. More Democrats look forward to elections, but Republicans are more optimistic about the year ahead.

U.S. Politics Jan. 2, 2008

At the Start of the Primary Season, Republicans Run Neck and Neck Nationally, Clinton Clings to Solid Lead

On the eve of the Iowa caucuses, Giuliani’s once solid lead in nationwide polls has vanished; religion has become a larger factor for GOP voters as Huckabee has become better known. The Democratic contest remains largely stable nationwide despite close state races.