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Weekly Poll Results
November 19-23, 1999

- Voter Involvement Measures
- Reactions to Campaign
- Length of Campaign
[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?


 5%     A great deal of attention
 7      Quite a bit 
27      Just some
23      Only a little
38      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?


10%     Yes
90      No
<1   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?


25%     Yes
74      No
 1      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?


21%     Yes, have been thinking about campaign
78      No, haven't been thinking about campaign
<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?


62%     Boring
 8      Exciting
 1      Both
14      Neither/about the same as normal
16      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?


20%     Informative
55      Uninformative
 0      Both
 3      Neither/about the same as normal
23      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?


28%     Negative
36      Positive
 3      Both
 9      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 you have felt encouraged or discouraged by what has happened in the campaign during the past week?


22%     Encouraged
24      Discouraged
<1   Both
30      Neither/about the same as normal
24      Don't know

Length of Campaign

Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statement: The 2000 presidential election campaign has started too early this year.


54%     Agree
40      Disagree
 6      Don't know

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?


22%     Too Busy
54      Too Early
12      Not interested in presidential campaigns
 3      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
 6      None  I'm paying close attention to 
         the campaign
 1      Don't know

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?


60%     Campaign is too long
34      Prefer a long campaign
 5      Don't know

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