U.S. Politics Oct. 6, 2011

Obama Motivates Supporters, Opponents in Early 2012 Matchups

President Obama is running about even in hypothetical matchups against Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. In the race for the GOP presidential nomination, Mitt Romney continues to hold a slim lead, with Rick Perry placing second and Herman Cain moving up to third.

U.S. Politics Oct. 5, 2011

GOP Candidates Hardly Household Names

Smaller percentages of Americans can name, without being prompted, the leading candidates in this year’s Republican presidential race than in previous GOP races. At this stage of the campaign in the 1996, 2000 and 2008 campaigns, significantly more Americans could name Bob Dole, George W. Bush, and Rudolph Giuliani than they could for Mitt Romney or Rick Perry.

U.S. Politics Sep. 26, 2011

Obama Draws More Confidence than GOP Leaders on Deficit

As the nation prepares for another round of deficit reduction debates, the public’s confidence in congressional leaders, particularly Republican leaders in Congress, has plummeted.

U.S. Politics Aug. 25, 2011

Obama Leadership Image Takes a Hit, GOP Ratings Decline

For the first time in his presidency, significantly more Americans disapprove than approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president and and the margin of strong disapproval over strong approval has widened. But the public is also profoundly discontented with the political leadership of both parties, angry at the federal government and dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country.

U.S. Politics Aug. 10, 2011

Democrats Not Eager for an Obama Challenger

Just 32% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say they would like other Democrats to take on Obama for the nomination, while 59% say they would not.

U.S. Politics Jul. 28, 2011

Obama Loses Ground in 2012 Reelection Bid

The sizeable lead Barack Obama held over a generic Republican opponent in May has vanished. In the race to be the Republican who takes on Obama, Mitt Romney still leads, but Rick Perry is getting strong interest from the most engaged Republicans, and Michele Bachmann is the candidate Republicans have heard most about recently.

U.S. Politics Jul. 22, 2011

GOP Makes Big Gains Among White Voters

As the country enters into the 2012 presidential election cycle, the electorate’s partisan affiliations have shifted significantly since Obama won office nearly three years ago. Notably, the GOP gains have occurred only among white voters.

U.S. Politics Jul. 7, 2011

Interest in Campaign News On Par With 2007

While the focus this year has been on the GOP’s race, Democrats express about as much interest in 2012 candidates as do Republicans.

U.S. Politics Jul. 5, 2011

Are Republicans Ready Now for a Mormon President?

An important group within the Republican base, white evangelical Protestants, is more uncomfortable with the idea of a Mormon candidate than are other Republicans.

U.S. Politics Jun. 30, 2011

U.S. Seen as Among the Greatest Nations, But Not Superior to All Others

Despite the struggling economy and broad dissatisfaction with national conditions, the public has a positive view of the United States’ global standing. But more think that the U.S. is one of the greatest countries in the world than say it stands above all other countries.