PublicationsOctober 22, 2010

Independent Voters vs. Unions

PublicationsOctober 22, 2010

Continued Positive Marks for Government Anti-Terror Efforts

The federal government continues to get positive marks for efforts to reduce the threat of terrorism, but many Americans say luck is a big reason why the United States has not suffered a major attack at home since Sept. 11, 2001. About seven-in-ten (69%) say the government is doing very (15%) or fairly well […]

PublicationsOctober 21, 2010

Ground War More Intense Than 2006, Early Voting More Prevalent

As the midterm elections approach, there is every indication that voter turnout will be as high as in 2006, but unlike four years ago, Republicans – not Democrats – are now more engaged and enthusiastic about casting a ballot. The prospects for a GOP turnout advantage on Election Day are almost as favorable in […]

DatasetsOctober 21, 2010

October 2010 Political Survey

PublicationsOctober 20, 2010

Miners’ Rescue Dominates News Interest

Summary of Findings The dramatic rescue of 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for more than two months dominated the public’s news interest last week, while the media focused on both the miners’ saga and the midterm Congressional elections. With the Nov. 2 elections fast approaching, the percent of the public tracking election news very closely […]

DatasetsOctober 20, 2010

October 14-17, 2010 Weekly Survey

PublicationsOctober 14, 2010

Fewer Journalists Stand Out in Fragmented News Universe

Summary of Findings Reflecting today’s fragmented news landscape, about half of the public offers no specific answer when asked to name the journalist or newsperson they most admire. No journalist is named by more than 5% of the public in response to an open-ended question. While individual mentions are few, the most frequently named journalists […]

DatasetsOctober 14, 2010

October 7-10, 2010 Weekly Survey

PublicationsOctober 13, 2010

Cell Phones and Election Polls: An Update

PublicationsOctober 7, 2010

Lagging Youth Enthusiasm Could Hurt Democrats in 2010

PublicationsOctober 7, 2010

Public Focuses More on Economy than Election

Summary of Findings The 2010 congressional elections dominated news coverage last week, but not the public’s attention. Americans continued to focus most closely on news about the nation’s struggling economy and about four-in-ten (39%) say news reports portray the economy “about the way it really is.” Smaller, roughly equal percentages say the media make the […]

PublicationsOctober 6, 2010

Support For Same-Sex Marriage Edges Upward

Polls this year have found that more Americans favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally than did so just last year. In two polls conducted over the past few months, based on interviews with more than 6,000 adults, 42% favor same-sex marriage while 48% are opposed. In polls conducted in 2009, 37% favored […]

PublicationsOctober 6, 2010

Possible Negatives for Candidates: Vote for Bank Bailout, Palin Support

In the upcoming midterm elections, two factors have emerged as major potential negatives for candidates: Fully 46% say they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who supported government loans to banks during the financial crisis two years ago, while nearly as many (42%) say they would be less likely to vote […]

DatasetsOctober 6, 2010

September 30-October 3, 2010 Weekly Survey

PublicationsOctober 5, 2010

Democrats Struggle to Avoid Wipeout from Electoral Wave

PublicationsSeptember 29, 2010

Elections Dominate Coverage, Not Public Interest

Summary of Findings While the 2010 midterm congressional elections dominated media coverage last week, the public focused more on news about the nation’s struggling economy. Nearly a quarter (23%) of the public says they followed news about the economy more closely than any other major story. Just 6% say they followed news about this year’s […]

PublicationsSeptember 27, 2010

Obama Viewed as Doing Better than GOP Leaders in Explaining Vision

With just over a month to go before the midterm elections, the public by a wide margin says Barack Obama has done a better job than Republican congressional leaders in explaining his plans and vision for the country. Half (50%) of the public says Obama has done a better job, compared with just 28% […]

PublicationsSeptember 27, 2010

A Static America: A Contrarian View of Current U.S. Public Opinion Trends

DatasetsSeptember 27, 2010

September 23-26, 2010 Weekly Survey

PublicationsSeptember 23, 2010

Independents Oppose Party in Power…Again

For the third national election in a row, independent voters may be poised to vote out the party in power. The Republican Party holds a significant edge in preferences for the upcoming congressional election among likely voters, in large part because political independents now favor Republican candidates by about as large a margin as […]