U.S. Politics Nov. 7, 2012

A Comparison of Results from Surveys by the Pew Research Center and Google Consumer Surveys

As internet use grows– whether through a traditional computer, tablet, gaming device or cell phone – new techniques are being developed to conduct social research and measure people’s behavior and opinion while they are online.

U.S. Politics Nov. 7, 2012

No Consensus View on Election Outcome

Voters had a mixed reaction to the outcome of the 2012 presidential election in the hours immediately following Barack Obama’s victory.

U.S. Politics Nov. 7, 2012

Changing Face of America Helps Assure Obama Victory

Barack Obama retained enough support from key elements of his base to win re-election, even as he lost ground nationally since 2008. In particular, Obama maintained wide advantages among young people, women, minorities, and both the less affluent and the well-educated.

U.S. Politics Nov. 7, 2012

The 2012 Election In One Word

Asked for a single word that describes their reaction to Barack Obama’s victory, Obama voters say they are “relieved” and “happy.” Romney voters generally say they are “disappointed” or “sad” about the election outcome. These reactions to the election are based on data from the Pew Research Center and Google.

U.S. Politics Nov. 4, 2012

Obama Gains Edge in Campaign’s Final Days

Barack Obama has edged ahead of Mitt Romney in the final days of the presidential campaign. Obama holds a 48% to 45% lead among likely voters. The Pew Research Center’s final estimate of the national popular vote is Obama 50% and Romney 47%, when the undecided vote is allocated between the two candidates.

U.S. Politics Nov. 1, 2012

Nonvoters: Who They Are, What They Think

A sizable minority of adults choose not to vote or are unable to vote. They will affect the outcome of the presidential election by their absence. Who are they?

U.S. Politics Oct. 29, 2012

Presidential Race Dead Even; Romney Maintains Turnout Edge

As the presidential campaign enters its final week, the race is even among likely voters: 47% favor Barack Obama and the same percentage supports Mitt Romney. While Romney holds a turnout advantage, Obama leads on many personal characteristics and issues.

U.S. Politics Oct. 23, 2012

Republicans Increasingly Positive About Presidential Campaign

Republicans express increasingly positive opinions about the presidential campaign and are now about as likely as Democrats to view the campaign as interesting and informative.

U.S. Politics Oct. 18, 2012

Growing Pessimism about Arab Spring Aftermath

A new survey finds increasing public pessimism about developments in the Middle East and more support for tough policies to deal with Iran’s nuclear program and economic issues with China.

U.S. Politics Oct. 15, 2012

More Americans Say There Is Solid Evidence of Global Warming

Two-thirds of Americans now say there is solid evidence of global warming and an increasing proportion also say that the rise in the earth’s temperature has mostly been caused by human activity.