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Weekly Poll Results
March 1-5, 2000

- Voter Involvement Measures
- Reactions to Campaign
- Third Party Support for John McCain
- Satisfaction With Electoral System
[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?


13%     A great deal of attention
18      Quite a bit
23      Just Some
21      Only a little
24      None  
 1      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?


30%     Yes
70      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?


44%     Yes
56      No
 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?


45%     Yes
55      No
<1   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?


55%     Boring
25      Exciting
 1      Both
10      Neither/about the same as normal
 9      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?


47%     Informative
35      Uninformative
<1   Both
 3      Neither/about the same as normal
15      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?


47%     Negative
25      Positive
 5      Both
 3      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 you have felt encouraged or discouraged by what has happened in the campaign during the past week?


20%     Encouraged
46      Discouraged
 1      Both
19      Neither/about the same as normal
14      Don't Know

Third Party Support for John McCain

(Asked of One-half of respondents)
Next, we'd like you to think about the general election for President to be held in November. Suppose Al Gore was the Democratic candidate, George W. Bush was the Republican candidate, and John McCain ran as an independent candidate. For whom would you vote?


32%     Gore
37      Bush
14      McCain
 4      Would not vote
13      Don't Know

Satisfaction With Electoral System

(Asked of One-half of respondents)
The system for nominating presidential candidates is one that is fair to all the candidates. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree?


18%     Strongly agree
37      Somewhat agree
22      Somewhat disagree
20      Strongly disagree
 4      Don't know

Politics in America is generally pretty disgusting. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree?


40%     Strongly agree
32      Somewhat agree
17      Somewhat disagree
10      Strongly disagree
 2      Don't know

Most politicians are not very worthy of respect. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree?


24%     Strongly agree
29      Somewhat agree
31      Somewhat disagree
14      Strongly disagree
 3      Don't know

(Asked of those who were asked and agree that most politicians are not worthy of respect)
Are any of this year's presidential candidates an exception--that is, do you think there is a presidential candidate who is particularly worthy of respect?


48%     Yes
39      No
14      Don't know

(Asked of those who were asked and agree that most politicians are not worthy of respect but think there is an exception with this year's candidates)
Which candidate is that?


10%     Bill Bradley
27      George W. Bush
28      Al Gore
 8      Alan Keyes
26      John McCain
 2      Other
 8      Don't Know

(Asked of One-half of respondents)
Most politicians are pretty much willing to say whatever it takes in order to get themselves elected? Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree?


57%     Strongly agree
30      Somewhat agree
 8      Somewhat disagree
 4      Strongly disagree
 1      Don't know

(Asked of those who were asked and agree that most politicians are pretty much willing to say whatever it takes to get elected)
Are any of this year's presidential candidate an exception--that is, do you think there is a presidential candidate who says what needs to be said even if hurts his chances of winning.


41%     Yes
49      No
10      Don't know

(Asked of those who were asked and agree that most politicians are pretty much willing to say whatever it takes to get elected and who think there is an exception with this year's candidates)
Which candidate is that?


13%     Bill Bradley
19      George W. Bush
13      Al Gore
15      Alan Keyes
31      John McCain
 4      Other
11      Don't Know

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