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- Significance of Election
- Political Efficacy
- Support of Two-Party System
- Internet
[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?

  1829 30+
A great deal of attention 2% 8%
Quite a bit 5 9
Just some 18 23
Only a little 23 25
None 52 34
Based on six Shorenstein Center Polls conducted weekly between November 10 and December 1

(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?

  1829 30+
Yes 9% 14%
No 91 86
Based on six Shorenstein Center Polls conducted weekly between November 10 and December 1

(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?

  1829 30+
Yes 16% 29%
No 84 71
Based on six Shorenstein Center Polls conducted weekly between November 10 and December 1

(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?

  1829 30+
Yes 16% 27%
No 81 73
Based on six Shorenstein Center Polls conducted weekly between November 10 and December 1

Now weíd like you to think again about the past day only. Can you recall having read, seen, or heard anything during the past day about a particular celebrity, such as a movie, TV, or rock star?

  1829 30+
Yes 42% 62%
No 58 38
Shorenstein Center Poll, December 15-19, 1999

Significance of Election

(Asked of half sample)
Now we'd like to get your opinion on the importance of the outcome of next year's presidential election to the lives of people like you. Do you think who wins the election will make:

  1829 30+
A great deal of difference 11% 14%
Quite a bit of difference 14 18
Just some 33 31
Only a little 20 20
No Difference 23 16
Shorenstein Center Poll, November 10-14, 1999

(Asked of half sample)
Now we'd like to get your opinion on the importance of the outcome of next year's presidential election to the future of the country as a whole. Do you think who wins the election will make:

  1829 30+
A great deal of difference 17% 18%
Quite a bit of difference 34 26
Just some 26 32
Only a little 13 14
No Difference 11 10
Shorenstein Center Poll, November 10-14, 1999

Political Efficacy

(Asked of half sample)
How much influence do you think people like you have on what our government does?

  1829 30+
A great deal of difference 6% 7%
Quite a bit of difference 14 14
Just some 35 27
Only a little 25 34
No Difference 20 18
Shorenstein Center Poll, November 10-14, 1999

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?

  1829 30+
Satisfied 37% 50%
Not Satisfied 54 41
Donít Know 10 9
Shorenstein Center Poll, December 15-19, 1999

(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?

  1829 30+
Satisfied 25% 46%
Not Satisfied 51 44
Donít Know 24 10
Shorenstein Center Poll, December 15-19, 1999

(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?

  1829 30+
Satisfied 30% 50%
Not Satisfied 54 40
Donít Know 15 10
Shorenstein Center Poll, December 15-19, 1999

(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?

  1829 30+
Satisfied 28% 37%
Not Satisfied 43 43
Donít Know 29 20
Shorenstein Center Poll, December 15-19, 1999

Results from Combining Candidate Match Ups

  1829 30+
Satisfied 30% 46%
Not Satisfied 51 42
Donít Know 20 12
Shorenstein Center Poll, December 15-19, 1999

(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.

  1829 30+
System works well 27% 25%
System has problems but can be improved 42 44
System is broken 31 31
Shorenstein Center Poll, December 15-19, 1999

Internet

(Asked of half sample)
Do you currently have access to the internet at your work, school, or home?

  1829 30+
Yes 68% 49%
No 32 51
Shorenstein Center Poll, November 24-28, 1999

(Asked of half sample)
Thinking again about the past day only. Did you get any news or information about the presidential campaign from the internet during the past day?

  1829 30+
Yes 9% 8%
No 91 92
Shorenstein Center Poll, November 24-28, 1999

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