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Weekly Poll Results
January 12-16, 2000

- Voter Involvement Measures
- Reactions to Campaign
- Nomination Process
- Presidential Candidate Preference
[Voter Involvement Index]
[Methodology]

Voter Involvement Measures

(Asked of half of sample)
During the past week, how much attention did you pay to the presidential election campaign a great deal, quite a bit, just some, only a little, or none?


 6%     A great deal of attention
10      Quite a bit 
19      Just some
30      Only a little
36      None
 0      Don't know

(Asked of half of sample)
Now we'd like you to think about the past day only. During the past day have you discussed the presidential campaign with anyone?


16%     Yes
84      No
 0      Don't know

(Asked of half of sample)
Now we'd like to know about the past day only. During the past day, have you been doing any thinking about the presidential campaign, or is this something that you haven't been thinking about?


35%     Yes, have been thinking about campaign
65      No, haven't been thinking about campaign
 0      Don't know

(Asked of half of sample)
Still thinking about the past day only. Can you recall a particular news story about the presidential campaign that you read, saw, or heard during the past day?


33%     Yes
67      No
 0      Don't know

Reactions to Presidential Campaign

(Asked of quarter of sample)
We're interested in your reaction to what's happened in the presidential campaign during the past week. Would you say that the campaign has been boring or has it been exciting during the past week?


56%     Boring
12      Exciting
 1      Both
11      Neither/about the same as normal
20      Don't know

(Asked of quarter of sample)
We're interested in your reaction to what's happened in the presidential campaign during the past week. Would you say that the campaign has been informative or has it been uninformative during the past week?


29%     Informative
41      Uninformative
 2      Both
 4      Neither/about the same as normal
24      Don't know

(Asked of quarter of sample)
We're interested in your reaction to what's happened in the presidential campaign during the past week. Would you say that the tone of the campaign has been primarily negative or has it been primarily positive during the past week?


25%     Negative
31      Positive
 2      Both
 8      Neither/about the same as normal
35      Don't know

(Asked of quarter of sample)
We're interested in your reaction to what's happened in the presidential campaign during the past week. Would you say that you have felt encouraged or discouraged by what has happened in the campaign during the past week?


19%     Encouraged
31      Discouraged
 2      Both
25      Neither/about the same as normal
24      Don't know

Nomination Process

(Asked of one-third sample)
Some people say the presidential campaign is so long that they don't have time to pay attention except now and then. Other people say they like the long presidential campaign because it gives them a better chance to get to know the candidates. Which view is closer to your own? Do you think the campaign is too long or do you prefer a long campaign?


58%     Campaign is too long
38      Prefer a long campaign
 5      Don't know

(Asked of one-third sample)
Here are some reasons that people give us for why they are not paying closer attention to the presidential campaign. Some say they are simply too busy to pay closer attention. Others say it's simply too early in the campaign and that they will pay closer attention later on. And still others say they're just not very interested in presidential campaigns. Which of these best describes you? Are you too busy, do you think it's too early, or are you just not that interested in presidential campaigns?


14%     Too Busy
42      Too Early
22      Not interested in presidential campaigns
 2      Both too busy and too early
 1      Both too busy and not interested
 1      Both too early and not interested
 1      All three  too busy, too early, 
         and not interested
14      None  I'm paying close attention 
         to the campaign
 3      Don't know

(Asked of half sample)
Now I'd like to get your thoughts on the process that is used to nominate presidential candidates. Some people favor the current system of presidential primary elections-where states hold their primaries on different dates spread out over several months. Other people say it would be better if all states held their primary on the same day in May or early June. Which would you prefer the current system of different primary days, or one single national primary day?


32%     Prefer current system
57      Prefer single national primary
10      Don't know
 0      Refused

(Asked of half sample)
Now I'd like to get your thoughts on the process that is used to nominate presidential candidates. Some people favor the current system of presidential primary elections-where states hold their primaries on different dates spread out over several months. Other people say it would be better if there were four regional primaries spaced a few weeks apart. All states in a region would hold their primary on the same day and the order in which the regions voted would be rotated from one presidential election to the next. Which would you prefer the current system of different primary days, or rotating regional primaries?


46%     Prefer current system
44      Prefer rotating regional primaries
11      Don't know
 0      Refused

Presidential Candidate Preference

(Asked of half sample)
There are quite a few candidates who are running for president. Which candidate do you support at this time, or haven't you picked a candidate yet?


70%     Don't currently support a candidate
14      George W. Bush
 4      Al Gore
 4      John McCain
 4      Bill Bradley
 3      Support a candidate but can't remember name
<1   Steve Forbes
<1   Alan Keyes
 1      Other
 0      Gary Bauer
 0      Pat Buchanan

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