Weekly News Interest Index Dec. 23, 2008

Internet Overtakes Newspapers As News Outlet

Summary of Findings The internet, which emerged this year as a leading source for campaign news, has now surpassed all other media except television as an outlet for national and international news. Currently, 40% say they get most of their news about national and international issues from the internet, up from just 24% in September […]

Commentary, Methodology Reports Dec. 18, 2008

Calling Cell Phones In ’08 Pre-Election Polls

Survey Reports Dec. 18, 2008

Bush and Public Opinion

Overview: Bush and Public Opinion As George W. Bush prepares to leave the White House, the United States is in many ways dramatically different from when he took the oath of office in 2001. His first few months as president were largely unremarkable, despite the contentious 2000 election. But the horrific terror attacks of Sept. […]

Weekly News Interest Index Dec. 18, 2008

Blagojevich Arrest Grabs Public Attention

Summary of Findings The arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich last week on corruption charges drew public interest at levels rivaling or topping most national political scandals of the past few years. The charges include allegations that Blagojevich sought personal financial gain from his choice to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s senate seat. About three-in-ten (29%) […]

Commentary Dec. 16, 2008

What a Year! People-Press Poll Reports in 2008

Survey Reports Dec. 15, 2008

Hillary’s New Job Better Known Than Dow Jones Average

Take the Quiz Before YouRead the Report: http://pewresearch.org/newsiq/ A new Pew News IQ survey yields some predictable results about the public’s knowledge of facts about politics and world affairs, but also a few surprises. Hillary Clinton’s nomination to be secretary of state is known by just about everyone – not too surprisingly. However, even […]

Weekly News Interest Index Dec. 11, 2008

Public Hearing Positive News About Obama Transition

Summary of Findings As President-elect Barack Obama prepares to take office and announces choices for key cabinet posts, a majority of Americans (56%) says news stories about the incoming administration are mostly positive. Very few (3%) say what they are hearing or reading about the new Obama administration is mostly negative, while four-in-ten (38%) say […]

Survey Reports Dec. 11, 2008

Psychology of Bad Times Fueling Consumer Cutbacks

Americans continue to render extremely bleak assessments of economic conditions, both with respect to the national economy and their own financial situations. Fully 92% of the public rates the national economy as only fair or poor, and a substantial majority (61%) judges their personal finances that way. Both measures are among the most negative […]

Commentary Dec. 8, 2008

Some Final Thoughts on Campaign ’08

Commentary Nov. 25, 2008

Winds of Political Change Haven’t Shifted Public’s Ideology Balance

Weekly News Interest Index Nov. 25, 2008

Public Closely Tracking Obama Transition

Summary of Findings In addition to following the major economic headlines last week, the public tuned into news about the Obama transition. Fully 49% followed news about plans for the new Obama administration very closely and one-in-four said this was the single news story they followed more closely than any other, making it the second […]

Weekly News Interest Index Nov. 20, 2008

Economic Problems, Especially in Detroit, Absorb Public’s Attention

Summary of Findings With the presidential election behind them, Americans have turned their attention back to the nation’s economy. The economy was by far the public’s top news story last week. Fully 56% of the public followed news about the economy very closely last week, and as many as 43% listed this as the single […]

Commentary Nov. 14, 2008

High Hopes

Commentary Nov. 13, 2008

Post-Election Perspectives

Survey Reports Nov. 13, 2008

High Marks for the Campaign, a High Bar for Obama

A week after the election, voters are feeling good about themselves, the presidential campaign and Barack Obama. Looking ahead, they have high expectations for the Obama administration, with two-thirds predicting that he will have a successful first term. The quadrennial post-election survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press finds […]

Commentary Nov. 12, 2008

Young Voters in the 2008 Election

Weekly News Interest Index Nov. 12, 2008

Few Will Miss Following Campaign News

Summary of Findings By all accounts, the public liked Campaign 2008 and followed election news avidly. But enough is enough. Fully 82% say they will not miss following election news, while only 17% say they will miss it. Even among Democrats, only a quarter say they will miss the campaign. Many Americans (23%) say they […]

Weekly News Interest Index Nov. 6, 2008

Election Weekend News Interest Hits 20-Year High

Summary of Findings As the long presidential campaign wound down last week, the public remained highly engaged. Fully 60% of registered voters said they were following campaign news very closely, while 28% said they were following fairly closely. That is the highest level of voter interest just before a presidential election since the Pew Research […]

Commentary Nov. 5, 2008

Inside Obama’s Sweeping Victory

Survey Reports Nov. 2, 2008

Obama Leads McCain 52% to 46% in Campaign’s Final Days

Barack Obama holds a significant lead over John McCain in the final days of Campaign 2008. The Pew Research Center’s final pre-election poll of 2,587 likely voters, conducted Oct. 29-Nov. 1, finds 49% supporting or leaning to Obama, compared with 42% for McCain; minor party candidates draw 2%, and 7% are undecided. The survey […]