Despite Limited Convention Television Coverage, Public Learned About Campaign from Democrats

Despite minimal network television coverage, the Democratic National Convention increased the public’s knowledge of the positions John Kerry and George W. Bush hold on a range of issues and left 69 percent of the public convinced they knew enough about Kerry to decide how to vote, the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey shows.

Pluralities of Public, Independents Believe Bush Campaign Is Behind Swift Boat Veterans’ Ads

A plurality of Americans believe the Bush campaign is behind the television ads run by critics of John Kerry over his service in Vietnam and his antiwar statements after he returned to the United States, the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey shows. In polling from Monday through Thursday, 46 percent said they believed

Veterans Rate Bush Higher Than Kerry on Many Dimensions, but Kerry Gained After Convention

America’s military veterans, a distinctly Republican chunk of the electorate, think much more highly of George W. Bush than of John Kerry. But the Democratic convention improved veterans’ overall impression of Kerry, and about as many now view him favorably as think of him unfavorably, the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey shows. Fifty-nine

Public Favors Stem Cell Research

The public strongly favors federal funding of stem-cell research, the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey finds. From July 30 through August 5, 1,345 adults were asked “Do you favor or oppose Federal funding of research on diseases like Alzheimers using stem cells taken from human embryos?” Sixty-four percent said they favored such funding,

After Convention, Kerry Catches Up With Bush on Optimism, Gains on Values, Inspiration

After the Democratic National Convention, John Kerry gained on George W. Bush when independents compared them on optimism, inspiration, and sharing their values, the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey shows. Polling of 1,646 registered voters conducted from July 30, the day after the convention, through August 5 showed that 42 percent of independents

“Fahrenheit 9/11” Viewers and Limbaugh Listeners About Equal in Size; Perceive Two Different Nations

Michael Moore’s movie, Fahrenheit 9/11, has attracted about as many people as Rush Limbaugh’s radio broadcasts, but the election-year film appears to have hardly changed any minds, the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey shows. Forty-one percent of the Moore movie goers said the picture made them think worse of George W. Bush. But