U.S. Politics Oct. 6, 2008

Post-Debate: Palin Still Seen as Unqualified, a Bump for Biden

Impressions of Sarah Palin have changed little since her debate with Joe Biden according to a special re-interview of voters this weekend, but opinions of Joe Biden rose substantially.

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 Sep. 25, 2008

Uncertain Times

In every recent election the public has accurately picked the winner by this time in the cycle. But not this year.

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. 11, 2008

The Bounce Effect

There is little doubt that the fall campaign begins in earnest with McCain having gained the momentum. How good an indicator is this of where the electorate is headed on Nov. 4?

Media & News Aug. 28, 2008

Convention Buzz: A Split Decision

An examination of political websites shows the Clinton team and the Obama team sharing equal billing in online chatter about the Democratic National Convention.

U.S. Politics Aug. 25, 2008

Obama’s Challenge

As Democrats gather in Denver, many may be wondering why the presidential race has tightened. An analysis of polling data shows that that while voters are unhappy with the state of the nation and give low ratings to President Bush, the GOP base has started to solidify around McCain. Polling also finds that Obama’s extensive media coverage may be a mixed blessing.

U.S. Politics Aug. 21, 2008

Public Support Falls for Religion’s Role in Politics

A new Pew Research survey finds a decline in the share of Americans who want churches and other houses of worship to be involved in political matters. Most of the drop in the past four years has come among political conservatives.

U.S. Politics Aug. 13, 2008

Presidential Race Draws Even

With fewer than two weeks to go before the start of the presidential nominating conventions, McCain has solidified his support among Republicans and white evangelicals, especially in the South, while Obama lags in attracting Clinton supporters.