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Weekly Poll Results
December 8-12, 1999

- Voter Involvement Measures
- Reactions to Campaign
- Knowledge of Candidate Issue Positions
- Candidate Impressions
[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?


9%      A great deal of attention
10      Quite a bit 
21      Just some
20      Only a little
41      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?


11%     Yes
88      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?


24%     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?


31%     Yes, have been thinking about campaign
69      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?


58%     Boring
10      Exciting
 0      Both
 6      Neither/about the same as normal
26      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%     Informative
45      Uninformative
 1      Both
 5      Neither/about the same as normal
25      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?


21%     Negative
38      Positive
 1      Both
 4      Neither/about the same as normal
37      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?


18%     Encouraged
24      Discouraged
 1      Both
27      Neither/about the same as normal
30      Don't know

Knowledge of Candidate Issue Positions

(Asked of quarter of sample)
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?


14%     Favors
18      Opposes
69      Haven't heard/don't know

(Asked of quarter of sample)
Next I have a question about campaign financing. Some people say that large contributions to political campaigns should be prohibited. Others would allow large contributions. Do you know whether Arizona Senator John McCain would prohibit large contributions or would he allow them, or is this something you've not heard about yet?


14%     Would Prohibit
 2      Would Allow
84      Haven't heard/don't know

(Asked of quarter of sample)
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 proposal because they say it would cost too much. Do you know whether former Senator Bill Bradley favors government-paid health insurance for all low-income Americans, or does he say it would cost too much, or is this something you've not heard about yet?


20%     Favors
 9      Opposes - Cost too much
71      Haven't heard/don't know

(Asked of quarter of sample)
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?


13%     Favors
13      Opposes
74      Haven't heard/don't know

Candidate Impressions

(Asked of quarter of sample)
George W. Bush is one of the candidates running for president this year. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of George W. Bush, or is he someone you haven't heard about yet?


23%     Son of former president
 8      Former president
 7      Governor/Governor of Texas
<1   Foreign policy inexperience
 3      Drug Use/Misbehavior as youth/young adult
<1   Standing in the polls - positive 
         (leading, moving up, pulling away)
 1      Standing in the polls - negative
         (is behind, falling back, losing ground)
 8      General positive evaluation 
         (I like him, he's good)
 6      General negative evaluation 
         (I don't like him, he's bad)
 2      Specific positive evaluation 
         (honest, charismatic, strong leader)
 6      Specific negative evaluation 
         (dishonest, not charismatic, weak leader)
 5      He's a politician/in politics
 1      Position on an issue
 2      Mention or evaluation of family members
 7      Other
21      Don't Know/Haven't heard of him
 1      Refused 

(Asked of quarter of sample)
John McCain is one of the candidates running for president this year. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of John McCain, or is he someone you haven't heard about yet?


14%     POW/war hero/veteran/Vietnam
 3      Senator/Arizona Senator 
 1      Campaign Finance        
 0      Foreign Policy
<1   Has Temper
 1      Standing in the polls - positive 
         (leading, moving up, pulling away)
<1   Standing in the polls - negative 
         (is behind, falling back, losing ground)
 4      General positive evaluation 
         (I like him, he's good)
 1      General negative evaluation 
         (I don't like him, he's bad)
 5      Specific positive evaluation 
         (honest, charismatic, strong leader)
 1      Specific negative evaluation 
         (dishonest, not charismatic, weak leader)
 2      He's a politician/in politics
 0      Position on an issue 
 0      Mention or evaluation of family members
 9      Other
58      Don't Know/Haven't heard of him
<1   Refused 

(Asked of quarter of sample)
Bill Bradley is one of the candidates running for president this year. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Bill Bradley, or is he someone you haven't heard about yet?


19%     Basketball player/New York Knick
 1      Senator/Senator from New Jersey
 0      Healthcare
<1   Standing in the polls - positive 
         (leading, moving up, pulling away)
<1   Standing in the polls - negative 
         (is behind, falling back, losing ground)
 2      General positive evaluation 
         (I like him, he's good)
 4      General negative evaluation 
         (I don't like him, he's bad)
 5      Specific positive evaluation 
         (honest, charismatic, strong leader)
 4      Specific negative evaluation 
         (dishonest, not charismatic, weak leader)
 4      He's a politician/in politics
 0      Position on an issue
 0      Mention or evaluation of family members
11      Other
49      Don't Know/Haven't heard of him
 1      Refused 

(Asked of quarter of sample)
Al Gore is one of the candidates running for president this year. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Al Gore, or is he someone you haven't heard about yet?


14%     Vice-president
 4      Bill Clinton
 7      Boring/Stiff    
 4      Environmentalism
<1   Standing in the polls - positive
         (leading, moving up, pulling away)
 1      Standing in the polls - negative
         (is behind, falling back, losing ground)
10      General positive evaluation 
         (I like him, he's good)
14      General negative evaluation 
         (I don't like him, he's bad)
 3      Specific positive evaluation 
         (honest, charismatic, strong leader)
 5      Specific negative evaluation 
         (dishonest, not charismatic, weak leader)
 4      He's a politician/in politics
 2      Position on an issue
 1      Mention or evaluation of family members
 6      Other
25      Don't Know/Haven't heard of him
 1      Refused 

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