Commentary Oct. 31, 2008

Democrats Post Gains in Affiliation Across Age Cohorts

Commentary Oct. 31, 2008

Internet Now Major Source of Campaign News

Weekly News Interest Index Oct. 31, 2008

Internet Now Major Source of Campaign News

Summary of Findings Many more Americans are turning to the internet for campaign news this year as the web becomes a key source of election news. Television remains the dominant source, but the percent who say they get most of their campaign news from the internet has tripled since October 2004 (from 10% then to […]

Commentary Oct. 30, 2008

Democrats Hold Party ID Edge Across Political Battleground

Oct. 30, 2008

Democrats Hold Party ID Edge Across Political Battleground

Commentary Oct. 30, 2008

The Element of Surprise

Weekly News Interest Index Oct. 29, 2008

Palin Fatigue Now Rivals Obama Fatigue

Summary of Findings Many Americans say they are hearing too much about Barack Obama in these final days of the 2008 presidential election – just as they did last summer – but a similar percentage now says the same about Sarah Palin. However, the public’s complaints notwithstanding, a relatively small amount of media coverage was […]

Survey Reports Oct. 28, 2008

McCain Support Continues Downward Spiral

Barack Obama leads John McCain by a 52% to 36% margin in Pew’s latest nationwide survey of 1,325 registered voters. This is the fourth consecutive survey that has found support for the Republican candidate edging down. In contrast, since early October weekly Pew surveys have shown about the same number of respondents saying they […]

Survey Reports Oct. 23, 2008

Liberal Dems Top Conservative Reps in Donations, Activism

With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, voters remain riveted to the presidential campaign. But liberal Democrats are leading the way by engaging in far more activism than other partisan and ideological groups. By almost any measure of political interest or activity, liberal Democratic voters are more strongly connected to this […]

Weekly News Interest Index Oct. 22, 2008

Most Voters Say News Media Wants Obama to Win

Summary of Findings Voters overwhelmingly believe that the media wants Barack Obama to win the presidential election. By a margin of 70%-9%, Americans say most journalists want to see Obama, not John McCain, win on Nov. 4. Another 8% say journalists don’t favor either candidate, and 13% say they don’t know which candidate most reporters […]

Survey Reports Oct. 21, 2008

Growing Doubts About McCain’s Judgment, Age and Campaign Conduct

Barack Obama’s lead over John McCain has steadily increased since mid-September, when the race was essentially even. Shortly after the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, Obama moved to a 49% to 42% lead; that margin inched up to 50% to 40% in a poll taken just after the second debate. Currently, Obama enjoys […]

Commentary, Methodology Reports Oct. 17, 2008

Poll Power

Weekly News Interest Index Oct. 16, 2008

Campaign Seen As Increasingly Negative

Summary of Findings With less than three weeks to go before the election, there is a growing sense among the public that the tone of the presidential campaign has changed. A majority of Americans (55%) now say that the campaign is too negative. This is up significantly from 43% a month ago and represents a […]

Commentary Oct. 15, 2008

Who Knows News? What You Read or View Matters, but Not Your Politics

Survey Reports Oct. 15, 2008

Public Not Desperate About Economy or Personal Finances

Americans are concerned about the nation’s economic problems almost to the exclusion of every other issue, and they register the lowest level of national satisfaction ever measured in a Pew Research Center survey. Just 11% say they are satisfied with the way things are going in the country – down 14 points in the […]

Weekly News Interest Index Oct. 9, 2008

Many Say Press Has Been Too Tough on Palin

Summary of Findings Strong majorities of the public say the press has been fair to John McCain, Barack Obama and Joe Biden. But fewer than four-in-ten (38%) say the press has been fair to Sarah Palin. Many more believe the press has been too tough on Palin (38%) than say it has been too easy […]

Survey Reports Oct. 6, 2008

Post-Debate: Palin Still Seen as Unqualified, a Bump for Biden

While last week’s vice-presidential debate had a larger audience than any other in history, voters’ impressions of Sarah Palin have changed little. A special re-interview this weekend of voters who had been first polled a week ago found that most (55%) continue to have a favorable view of Palin, but most (52%) also still […]

Commentary Oct. 4, 2008

A Word about Debate Impressions

Commentary Oct. 1, 2008

The Bad Rap on the Bailout Bill

Weekly News Interest Index Oct. 1, 2008

Interest in Economic News Surges

Summary of Findings Interest in news about the U.S. economy skyrocketed last week, with 70% of Americans following economic developments very closely, up from 56% the previous week. Interest in economic news is broadly bipartisan with equal proportions of Republicans, Democrats and independents following news about current economic conditions very closely. The public also paid […]