U.S. PoliticsJuly 14, 2016

Voters’ Perceptions of the Candidates: Traits, Ideology and Impact on Issues

Few voters ‘check the box’ on positive descriptions of candidates.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 7, 2016

2016 Campaign: Strong Interest, Widespread Dissatisfaction

As Republicans and Democrats prepare for their party conventions later this month, a new national survey paints a bleak picture of voters’ impressions of the presidential campaign and the choices they face in November.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 21, 2016

Voters Skeptical That 2016 Candidates Would Make Good Presidents

A year before the next president takes office, voters are skeptical that any of the leading 2016 candidates would make a good president.

U.S. PoliticsMay 22, 2014

Fancy degree? Most Americans say it’s not required to be president

Recent presidents and presidential candidates have tended to have elite college educations — a fact that doesn’t appear to bother many Americans.

U.S. PoliticsMay 19, 2014

Congressional Service Less of an Asset for White House Hopefuls

A declining share of the public sees service in Congress, rather than as a governor, as better preparation for the White House. And more now say long service in D.C. would do more to decrease than increase the chances of them supporting a candidate.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 7, 2014

Will Obama drag down Hillary in 2016?

While Hillary Clinton had to contend with “Clinton fatigue” in her 2008 race for president, “Obama fatigue” is her potential stumbling block this time.

Media & NewsDecember 14, 2012

The Media, Religion and the 2012 Campaign for President

A striking feature of the 2012 race for the White House – a contest that pitted the first Mormon nominee from a major party against an incumbent president whose faith had been a source of controversy four years earlier – is how little the subject of religion came up in the media.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 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.

GlobalOctober 22, 2012

The Whole World is Watching

When Americans elect a president they are also effectively electing the leader of the world. So voters’ views on Libya, Iran, the Arab Spring and China will shape the conduct of international relations for years to come. This year’s presidential election may not turn on foreign policy, but the world certainly has a stake in the outcome.

September 20, 2012

Where the Public Stands on Government Assistance, Taxes and the Presidential Candidates

When the national conversation focuses on class, the social safety net and the distribution of wealth as it has in the past week, the public sees clear differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and Obama has an overall advantage.