U.S. PoliticsJuly 17, 2008

Should Women Worry Obama?

Obama is doing better among young and independent women than either of the last two Democratic nominees, but many older Democratic women remain undecided.

GlobalJuly 16, 2008

Obamamania Abroad: The Candidate Can Expect a Warm Welcome in Europe, Not So in the Middle East

By all accounts, Barack Obama will be enthusiastically greeted when he travels to Europe. But his trip will take him into less friendly territory in the Middle East where Muslims remain skeptical about the future of U.S. foreign policy, regardless of who is elected in November.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 10, 2008

Likely Rise In Voter Turnout Bodes Well For Democrats

Even with a partisan enthusiasm gap, voter interest is already as high as in November of recent elections, two trends that may significantly alter the composition of the eventual electorate in the Democrats’ favor. The proportion of swing voters is also up compared with four years ago. Nearly half of independents (47%) are undecided or may change their minds, up from 28% in June 2004.

U.S. PoliticsMay 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. PoliticsMay 14, 2008

In the Public Eye: Who’s Up (Al Gore) And Who’s Down (Oprah Winfrey)

Since endorsing Obama, the talk show host’s popularity has fallen among Republicans while the former vice president now rivals Obama and tops Clinton in favorability.

U.S. PoliticsMay 9, 2008

The Widening Gap

While Barack Obama’s appeal to the young coincides with their increasing Democratic alignment, older voters do not show the greater allegiance to the GOP that might explain their relative reluctance to support him.

Pew Research CenterMay 8, 2008

The Race Factor Redux

While the outcome of the North Carolina primary fit into a racial pattern observed in earlier primaries this year, Clinton’s showing in Indiana was less strong than would have been expected.

U.S. PoliticsMay 1, 2008

Obama’s Lead Over Clinton Disappears; Unfavorables Rise for Both Candidates

Barack Obama’s slipping support for the Democratic nomination reflects a modest decline in his personal image rather than improved impressions of Hillary Clinton. Both retain advantage over McCain as economy tops public’s concerns.

ReligionApril 25, 2008

Obama’s Catholic Voter Problem?

Hillary Clinton won the Catholic vote in Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary by more than a two-to-one margin, repeating a pattern among religious voters similar to those seen in other states. Does this have implications for the May 6 contests in Indiana and North Carolina?

U.S. PoliticsApril 17, 2008

No Clear Advantage

Electability is an issue, and one that both Obama and Clinton are likely to use to woo the superdelegates. But our polling suggests that neither candidate has a demonstrable advantage to tout.