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Weekly Poll Results
November 10-14, 1999

- Voter Involvement Measures
- Reactions to Campaign
- Interest in Politics
- Candidate Preference
- Significance of Election
- Political Efficacy
- Knowledge of Candidates
[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?


10.0%   A great deal of attention
 8.9    Quite a bit 
27.0    Just some
23.5    Only a little
30.7    None

(Asked of respondents paying just some, only a little, or no attention)
What is the main reason you haven't been paying closer attention to the presidential campaign?


34.0%   Too busy/Haven't had time
25.5    Apathy (don't like politics, don't 
          vote, it doesn't interest me) 
20.6    Timing (too early, nothing is happening yet)
 9.1    Alienation (candidates don't represent 
          me, nobody pays attention to my vote)
 2.3    Already know for whom will vote
 1.8    Other
 6.4    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?


17.0%   Yes
83.0    No
 0.0    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?


27.3%   Yes
72.3    No
  .4    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?


28.3%   Yes, have been thinking about campaign
71.7    No, haven't been thinking about campaign
 0.0    Don't know

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


 3.2%   Yes
96.7    No
 0.1    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?


63.2%   Boring
11.1    Exciting
 1.6    Both
 6.0    Neither/about the same as normal
18.1    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?


25.3%   Informative
52.3    Uninformative
 0.0    Both
 1.3    Neither/about the same as normal
21.2    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?


34.0%   Negative
29.1    Positive
 1.7    Both
 4.0    Neither/about the same as normal
31.2    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?


25.6%   Encouraged
37.1    Discouraged
  .9    Both
14.7    Neither/about the same as normal
21.7    Don't know

Interest in Politics

Some people seem to follow what's going on in government and public affairs most of the time, whether there's an election going on or not. Others aren't that interested. How much attention do you normally pay to what's going on in government and public affairs?


15.7%   A great deal of attention
28.2    Quite a bit 
30.5    Just some
22.0    Only a little, or
 3.6    None
 0.0    Don't know

Presidential Candidate Preference

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?


64.3%   Don't currently support a candidate
16.2    George W. Bush
 6.4    Al Gore
 5.4    Bill Bradley
 2.0    John McCain
 2.0    Other
 1.6    Support a candidate but can't
          remember name
 0.8    Steve Forbes
 0.6    Pat Buchanan
 0.2    Gary Bauer
 0.2    Alan Keyes

(Asked of respondents naming a candidate)
Would you say that your support of this candidate is strong or not strong?


80.8%   Strong
18.1    Not Strong
 1.1    Don't know

Significance of Election

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:


13.3%   A great deal of difference in the lives 
          of people like you
16.9    Quite a bit of difference
30.7    Just some
19.6    Only a little, or
16.8    No Difference
 2.8    Don't know

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:


17.2%   A great deal of difference in the
          country's future
26.8    Quite a bit of difference
30.5    Just some
13.4    Only a little, or
 9.9    No Difference
 2.3    Don't know

Political Efficacy

How much influence do you think people like you have on what our government does?


 7.1%   A great deal
13.8    Quite a bit 
29.0    Just some
31.7    Only a little, or
18.1    None
 0.3    Don't know

Knowledge of Candidate Issue Positions

Next I have a question about gun control. Some people say that people should be required to register all the guns that they own. Others oppose this idea. Do you know whether Texas Governor George W. Bush favors or opposes the registration of all guns, or is this something you've not heard about yet?


 7.5%   Favors
13.2    Opposes
79.3    Haven't heard/don't know

Next I have a question about campaign financing. Some people say that large contributions of money to political campaigns should be banned. Others oppose this idea. Do you know whether Arizona Senator John McCain favors or opposes a ban on large political contributions, or is this something you've not heard about yet?


10.0%   Favors
12.8    Opposes
77.2    Haven't heard/don't know

Next I have a question about health care policy. Some people say that the federal government should provide health insurance for all low-income Americans. Others oppose this idea. Do you know whether former Senator Bill Bradley favors or opposes government-paid health insurance for all low-income Americans, or is this something you've not heard about yet?


13.8%   Favors
 2.3    Opposes
83.8    Haven't heard/don't know

Next I have a question about school vouchers. Some people say that parents should be allowed to use tax dollars to send their children to a private or parochial school. Others oppose this idea. Do you know whether Vice President Al Gore favors or opposes allowing parents to use tax dollars for this purpose, or is this something you've not heard about yet?


10.6%   Favors
 7.8    Opposes
81.6    Haven't heard/don't know

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