U.S. Politics Apr. 17, 2008

Less News is Good News for McCain

While McCain has been consistently less visible to the public, far more Americans say the news they have been hearing about him is generally positive than say the same about coverage of Obama or Clinton.

U.S. Politics Apr. 10, 2008

Campaign News Interest Dips

With the campaign in a lull, interest, which had consistently surpassed previous presidential contests, is now comparable to the level measured in April 2004.

Apr. 9, 2008

Inside the Middle Class: Bad Times Hit the Good Life

A new Pew Social Trends study finds that fewer Americans now than at any time in the past half century believe they’re moving forward in life. But at the same time, two-thirds say they have a higher standard of living than their parents had.

U.S. Politics Apr. 4, 2008

Most Americans Unfamiliar with Petraeus, Rice Remains Popular

On the eve of his congressional testimony on Iraq, a solid majority (55%) says they do not know enough about the top U.S. commander in Iraq to offer an opinion of him. Sec. of State Rice’s favorability (56%) remains relatively unchanged since March 2005.

Religion Apr. 3, 2008

On Eve Of Visit, Pope Benedict Still Unknown to Many Americans

A new poll finds 30% of Americans know little about the pontiff. The pope’s efforts to reach out to other faiths receive mixed reviews overall but strong support among observant Catholics.

U.S. Politics Apr. 3, 2008

Clinton Controversy Heavily Covered but Obama Maintains Visibility Edge

While her Bosnia flap made Clinton the newsmaker of the week, she continues to lag behind Obama in terms of public visibility. Both candidates, despite recent negative news, have seen little change in their favorability.

U.S. Politics Mar. 27, 2008

Obama Speech on Race Arguably Biggest Event of Campaign

Fully 85% of Americans say they heard about Obama’s speech, and 70% have heard more about him in the last week than any other candidate. The impact of events on Obama’s image appears to be mixed.

U.S. Politics Mar. 27, 2008

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.

U.S. Politics Mar. 27, 2008

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.

U.S. Politics Mar. 20, 2008

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.