U.S. Politics Oct. 1, 2008

Obama Boosts Leadership Image and Gains Significant Lead Over McCain

The Illinois senator, helped by the debate, has been able to erase concerns about his ability to lead, to widen his advantage on economic issues and to move to a significant lead in swing states. There has been a broad-based decline in the number of voters who view Palin as qualified to become president.

U.S. Politics Oct. 1, 2008

Interest in Economic News Surges

Attention to news about the economy skyrocketed last week, with 70% of Americans following developments very closely, up from 56% the previous week. Interest in the campaign also saw a new high for the cycle, and more Americans (64%) say they are very likely to watch the VP debate than said so about last week’s presidential debate (58%).

U.S. Politics Sep. 30, 2008

Small Plurality Backs Bailout Plan

There is little partisan difference in views of the overall plan. Republicans, however, are less concerned about protecting homeowners although they are not particularly worried about excessive government involvement in the nation’s financial markets.

Sep. 25, 2008

Women Call the Shots at Home; Public Mixed on Gender Roles in Jobs

They say it’s a man’s world, but in the typical American family, it’s the woman who wears the pantsuit. Still, Americans retain strong traditional gender preferences with respect to some job roles. To find out where you fit, take our Couples Quiz, then read the report on the findings of the national survey.

U.S. Politics Sep. 25, 2008

McCain’s Image Falls as Economic Worries Rise; Public Awaits Debate

Independents’ views of McCain have become significantly less favorable in the last few days, but they still expect him to win the coming foreign policy debate.

U.S. Politics Sep. 24, 2008

Support for Global Engagement Declines

The public’s top long-term foreign policy goals are decidedly America-centric. Defending the country against terrorism, protecting U.S. jobs, and weaning the country from imported energy all draw extensive bipartisan support.

Internet & Tech Sep. 24, 2008

Networked Workers

More than six in ten workers now use the internet or email on the job, but many find technology a mixed blessing.

U.S. Politics Sep. 23, 2008

Most Approve of Wall Street Bailout and See Obama as Better Able to Address Crisis

With public interest in the economy at a 20-year high, by a margin of almost two-to-one Americans think the government is doing the right thing in investing billions of dollars to try to keep financial institutions and markets secure.

U.S. Politics Sep. 18, 2008

McCain Gains on Issues, But Stalls as Candidate of Change

The race remains close as enthusiasm for McCain increases among GOP base. Somewhat more swing voters (46%) say their greater concern is that McCain will govern too much like President Bush, rather than that Obama lacks experience (37%).

U.S. Politics Sep. 18, 2008

Views of Palin Fluid as Spotlight Remains on GOP Ticket

Sarah Palin continued to be a dominant factor in presidential campaign coverage last week, but her impact on the race remains unclear and her public image is very much in flux.