U.S. Politics Jun. 5, 2008

Many Say Coverage is Biased in Favor of Obama

More of the public heard about controversies related to Obama than other campaign events. Even so, far more Americans believe press coverage has favored him than think it has favored Clinton.

U.S. Politics Jun. 4, 2008

Obama Backers Cool to Clinton as Running Mate

While a majority of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters (53%) favor a so-called “Dream Ticket,” fully 54% of Obama supporters do not want Clinton chosen as his running mate.

U.S. Politics Jun. 3, 2008

Democratic Party’s Favorables Rise, Congress Still Unpopular

While opinion of the Republican Party (39% favorable) remains at a historic low, favorable views of the Democratic Party have risen to 57%. Attitudes toward the Democratic-led Congress, however, remain very negative.

U.S. Politics Jun. 2, 2008

The Iraq Challenge

Soaring concern about the economy has displaced the Iraq War as the top priority issue among voters. Ambivalent and contradictory public opinions further complicate the role that the conflict will play in the November election.

U.S. Politics May. 29, 2008

In Tight General Election, McCain’s Negatives Mostly Political, Obama’s More Personal

While Obama has opened up a wide lead in the Democratic primary, he now runs about even against McCain. The tightening general election shows some sullying of Obama’s personal image over the past three months, which is in some measure a negative reaction from frustrated Clinton supporters. McCain’s image has also become more negative since February, however, unlike Obama, those who disapprove cite his political beliefs.

U.S. Politics May. 28, 2008

Greater Coverage of McCain, But Public Still Focused on Obama

Fully half of the public said Obama was the candidate they had heard the most about in the news, while only 8% said the same of McCain despite a significant increase in news coverage of his candidacy.

U.S. Politics May. 22, 2008

Research Roundup: Latest Findings on Cell Phones and Polling

The Pew Research Center has been studying the challenge to survey research posed by the growing number of wireless-only households. Here’s a summary of its latest findings.

U.S. Politics May. 22, 2008

Cable’s Constant Campaign Coverage Out of Sync With Public News Interest

While much of the public focused on international events, cable news focused on the campaign almost to the exclusion of other top news stories. Also, though well covered, awareness of John Edwards’ endorsement of Obama was relatively low.

U.S. Politics May. 14, 2008

Handguns: Public Rejects a Ban — but Supports Controls

Nearly three-quarters of Republicans (73%) oppose a ban on handgun sales, a view shared by 59% of independents and just half of Democrats.

U.S. Politics May. 14, 2008

The Federal Government’s Favorables Fall Even Farther

Americans continue to hold their local and state governments in fairly high esteem, but positive views of the federal government are at their lowest point in at least a decade.