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Weekly Poll Results
December 15-19, 1999

- Voter Involvement Measures
- Reactions to Campaign
- Support of Two-Party 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?


4%      A great deal of attention
 6      Quite a bit 
22      Just some
26      Only a little
42      None

(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?


17%     Yes
83      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?


32%     Yes
67      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?


19%     Yes, have been thinking about campaign
81      No, haven't been thinking about campaign
 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?


61%     Boring
11      Exciting
<1    Both
12      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?


22%     Informative
54      Uninformative
 0      Both
 4      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 tone of the campaign has been primarily negative or has it been primarily positive during the past week?


31%     Negative
31      Positive
 1      Both
 6      Neither/about the same as normal
31      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
28      Discouraged
<1   Both
36      Neither/about the same as normal
16      Don't know

Support of Two-Party System

(Asked of quarter of sample)
Suppose that Al Gore is the Democratic nominee for president in the 2000 election and George W. Bush is the Republican nominee. Would you be satisfied with having to choose between Gore and Bush, or would you want a third-party candidate to run?


46%     Satisfied
45      Not satisfied, want third-party candidate
 9      Don't Know
 1      Refused

(Asked of quarter of sample)
Suppose that Bill Bradley is the Democratic nominee for president in the 2000 election and George W. Bush is the Republican nominee. Would you be satisfied with having to choose between Bradley and Bush, or would you want a third-party candidate to run?


40%     Satisfied
47      Not satisfied, want third-party candidate
14      Don't Know
 1      Refused

(Asked of quarter of sample)
Suppose that Al Gore is the Democratic nominee for president in the 2000 election and John McCain is the Republican nominee. Would you be satisfied with having to choose between Gore and McCain, or would you want a third-party candidate to run?


47%     Satisfied
42      Not satisfied, want third-party candidate
11      Don't Know
 1      Refused

(Asked of quarter of sample)
Suppose that Bill Bradley is the Democratic nominee for president in the 2000 election and John McCain is the Republican nominee. Would you be satisfied with having to choose between Bradley and McCain, or would you want a third-party candidate to run?


35%     Satisfied
43      Not satisfied, want third-party candidate
22      Don't Know
 1      Refused

(Asked of third of sample)
Which of the following statements is closest to your own view of the two-party system today, in terms of how well it addresses major issues and produces good candidates?
The two-party system works fairly well.
The two-party system has real problems but with some improvements it can still work well.
The two-party system is seriously broken and the country needs a third party.


23%     Two-party system works fairly well
39      Two-party system has real problems 
         but with improvements can still work well
28      Two-party system is seriously broken 
         and country needs a third party 
10      Don't Know
 1      Refused

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