The McClatchy Company Polls

Oil Spill More Noise Than Substance?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Washington, DC – 62% of Americans believe that offshore drilling is necessary so that America can produce its own energy and not depend on other countries for oil, according to a new telephone poll of over 1,000 adults conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. This compares to 32% who feel that offshore drilling is a bad idea because of the risks to the environment. These numbers are virtually unchanged from last month (60% vs. 35%), despite the increased coverage and environmental fallout from the spill.     


Florida races far from certain: Gubernatorial and Senate races in statistical dead heats, with about a quarter of Floridians undecided

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Miami, FL – Registered voters in Florida give a slight edge to Independent Senatorial candidate Charlie Crist (who was elected as Republican Governor of Florida in 2006 and recently left the Republican Party) over his Republican opponent Marco Rubio. However, with 23% undecided about how they will vote, there is still a great deal to play for.     


Obama’s Approval Ratings Hold Despite Pessimism about the Direction of the Country

Monday, May 17, 2010

Washington, DC – Just 34% of Americans think that things in this country are headed in the right direction while 60% feel that they are off on the wrong track, according to a new telephone poll of over 1,000 adults conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. These measures show a six-point drop in the percentage of Americans who feel the country is going in the right direction since Ipsos’ previous reading of the national mood in early April. The current numbers are identical to those Ipsos had recorded in late February and display the highest level of pessimism since President Obama took office.     


Nationally, 61% Back Arizona Law Targeting Illegal Immigrants

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Washington, DC – Majorities of Americans, 61% in both instances, support Arizona's new immigration law and would favor this law being passed in their own state, according to a new national telephone poll of 1,016 adults conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, May 6-9.     


Americans More Likely to Favor than Oppose Increased Offshore Drilling Despite Gulf Coast Disaster

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Washington, DC – Even in light of the massive oil leak in the Gulf, Americans are more likely to favor (49%) than oppose (38%) allowing more offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. waters, according to a new telephone poll of over 1,000 adults conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. More than one in ten (12%) are unsure.     


More Think Obama Tried to Do Too Much Than Too Little in His First Year in Office

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Washington, DC – Thinking about President Obama’s policy agenda in his first year in office, four in ten Americans (41%) say that the President has tried to do too much, while just 19% say Obama has tried to do too little, according to a new telephone poll of over 1,100 adults conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Over a third (35%) say he has tried to do the right amount.     


Presidential Approval Remains Stable Across the Agenda, with the Economy Still Reigning As the Most Important Issue

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Washington, DC – After dropping below the 50% mark in early December, President Obama’s approval rating has rebounded slightly, as 52% now say that they approve of the way he is handling his job as President while 45% disapprove, according to a new telephone poll of over 1,300 adults conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs.     


The Ipsos Weekly College Football Fan First Poll (End of Regular Season)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Topline results for this poll are now available for download.     


Less than Half of Americans Blame Global Warming on Human Activity; Over One Quarter Do Not Think Global Warming Is Happening at All

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Washington, DC – Just 43% of Americans consider that the world’s temperature has been rising slowly over the past 100 years as a result of human activity, according to a new telephone poll of over 1,000 adults conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. An additional quarter of adults (24%) acknowledge these rising temperatures, but feel that natural patterns of the earth’s environment is causing this warming. In contrast, 28% are skeptical of global warming all together, saying that they do not think it has been happening.     


Presidential Approval Slips Below 50% As Ratings of Obama’s Handling of Various Issues Fall Across the Board

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Washington, DC – For the first time since taking office, President Obama’s approval ratings have fallen below 50%, as Americans are now as likely to say that they disapprove of the job he is doing as they are to approve (49%, respectively), according to a new telephone poll of over 1,000 adults conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. This marks a 4-point decline in approval and a parallel 6-point increase in disapproval since early November.     


As Healthcare Reform Passes a Major Hurdle in the Senate, Americans Step Back to Assess the Plan

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Washington, DC – A poll taken as the US Senate decided to continue debate on a healthcare reform bill shows that Americans remain divided in their opinions about healthcare reform with those saying they are now undecided jumping from 12% earlier this month (November 1st) to 20% in the latest poll – a sign that some Americans may be pulling back to assess the current plan before committing to favoring or opposing reform.     


The Ipsos Weekly College Football Fan First Poll (WEEK 11)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Topline results for this poll are now available for download.     


The Ipsos Weekly College Football Fan First Poll (WEEK 10)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Topline results for this poll are now available for download.     


The Ipsos Weekly College Football Fan First Poll (WEEK 9)

Thursday, November 05, 2009

The Topline results for this poll are now available for download.     


Presidential and Congressional Approval Ratings Slip as Americans Still See No Improvement in Economic Outlook

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Washington, DC – Just over half of U.S. adults (53%) approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President while 43% disapprove, according to a new telephone poll of over 1,000 adults conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Obama’s job approval rating shows a decline of three percentage points over the past month and twelve percentage points over the past six months, marking a new low since he took office.     


Concern about Contracting the Swine Flu Has Become Widespread

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Washington, DC – Over six in ten U.S. adults express concern that they themselves, someone in their household, or a close friend will get sick from the swine flu, according to a new telephone poll of over 1,000 adults conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. More specifically, 63% said they are concerned – 26% “very” and 37% “somewhat” so. This marks an increase in concern since May when just over half (51%) were worried about contracting the H1N1 virus. In contrast, roughly a third (37%) say that they are not concerned that they or their loved ones will get sick from swine flu (21% not very concerned; 15% not at all concerned).     


Florida #1 in Fan Poll

Friday, October 30, 2009

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos poll of college football fans shows Florida as the top team in the country, followed closely by Alabama, Texas and Iowa. Interestingly, this is also the order of the top four teams in the BCS rankings.     


Political Debate Fails to Alter Americans’ Opinions about Obama, the Direction of the Country and Healthcare Reforms

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Washington, DC – President Obama’s approval ratings have not changed since late August, with 56% saying that they approve of how he is handling his job and 40% disapproving, according to a new telephone poll of over 1,200 adults conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Yet, a majority of Americans (56%) believe that the country is off on the wrong track, while 40% feel that the nation is headed in the right direction, also mirroring the national mood five weeks earlier. The poll also suggests that for all its intensity, the political debate has not occasioned any substantial shift in the opinions of Americans about healthcare reforms – they remain nearly equally divided about them – and about a public health insurance option, which is favored by a slight majority.     


Florida #1 in Fan Poll

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos poll of college football fans shows Florida as the top team in the country, followed closely by Alabama, Texas and LSU.     


The Ipsos Weekly College Football Fan First Poll (WEEK 4)

Friday, October 02, 2009

The Topline results for this poll are now available for download.     


The Ipsos Weekly College Football Fan First Poll (WEEK 3)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Topline results for this poll are now available for download     


Obama’s Approval Rating Declines Marginally to 56%

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Washington, DC – President Obama’s approval ratings have declined marginally – by two percentage points – over the past month, with 56% saying that they approve of how he is handling his job, according to a new telephone poll of over 1,000 adults conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. In contrast, 40% say that they disapprove of the President’s job performance.     


For All Its Intensity, Americans Are Not Swayed by the Healthcare Debate

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Washington, DC – Americans remain divided in their views of healthcare reform, as roughly as many feel that a public health insurance plan is necessary in order for all Americans to have access to quality healthcare (49%) as say that this can be achieved without creating a public plan (46%), according to a new telephone poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. This mirrors attitudes from a poll held in early July, when 52% said a public option was needed and 44% said it was not.     


Commentary: A pollster's view of Obama's health care reform missteps

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

To view this story, please click here.     


Only 30% of U.S. Adults Consider Themselves Overweight

Friday, August 07, 2009

Washington, DC — Despite the increasing prevalence of obesity, Americans are less likely to describe themselves as overweight now than they were five years ago, according to a new poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Today, 30% of U.S. adults aged 18 and older view themselves as overweight, down from 36% in 2004, suggesting that Americans’ perception of what constitutes a healthy weight is changing.     


Obama’s Approval Rating Holds Steady at 58%

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Washington, DC — After a noted decline last month, President Obama’s approval ratings have stabilized, with 58% saying that they approve of how he is handling his job, according to a new telephone poll of over 1,000 adults conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. In contrast, 37% say that they disapprove of the President’s job performance.     


Obama Losing Luster; Job Approval Rating Down 7 Points to 57%

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Washington, DC – President Barack Obama’s job approval dropped 7 points, down to 57% from 64% in June according to a new telephone poll of over 1,000 adults conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Nearly four in ten (38%) say they disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job as President, up from 32% five weeks ago.     


Slim Majority of Americans Favor a Public Health Insurance Option

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Washington, DC – Just over half of Americans (52%) say a public health insurance plan is necessary in order for all Americans to have access to quality healthcare while 44% feel that this can be achieved without creating a public plan, according to a new telephone poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs.     


Global Consumer Citizens Weigh in As Group of Eight Wrap Up Meeting in L'Aquila, Italy

Friday, July 10, 2009

For full results, please see above.     


54% of Americans Support Sotomayor’s Confirmation Despite Lack of Familiarity

Friday, June 12, 2009

Washington, DC – Though most Americans are still forming their opinions about Obama’s nominee, a majority (54%) says that the Senate should vote to confirm Sonia Sotomayor as a Supreme Court Justice, including 40% who strongly feel this way. Only one in five Americans (21%) say the Senate should not confirm her nomination. A quarter of adults (26%) are unsure.     


Pessimism Is on the Wane while Obama’s Credibility Remains High

Friday, June 12, 2009

Washington, DC – President Barack Obama’s approval ratings remain high with 64% of Americans saying that they approve of the job he is doing as President (down only one point over the past month and five points since early February). Fully 40% say that they strongly approve of his performance. In contrast, one third (32%) say that they disapprove of how Obama is handling things.

  • The President approval ratings range from 89% among Democrats, 58% among Independents and 27% among Republicans. Compared with the past few weeks after President Obama’s inauguration, his approval ratings are down by 3 points among Democrats, but they have dropped 12 points among Independents and 7 points among Republicans.
  • Those who tend to most approve of how Obama is doing his job include Hispanics (81%), African-Americans (81%) and women in general (70%). Among both non-Hispanic whites and among men in general, 58% approve of his performance.
    


A Pesar de la Falta de Familiaridad, 54% de los Americanos Apoya la Confirmación de Sotomayor

Friday, June 12, 2009

Washington, DC – A pesar que la mayoría de los americanos todavía se están formando una idea acerca de la nominada del presidente Obama, la mayoría (54%) dice que el senado debe votar para confirmar a Sonia Sotomayor como jueza del Tribunal Supremo, incluyendo 40% que está firmemente convencido. Solo uno en cinco americanos (21%) dice que el senado no debería votar para confirmar su nominación. Un cuarto de los adultos esta no está seguro (26%).     


Ipsos/McClatchy Political Tracker

Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Topline results for this poll are now available for download.     


Swine Flu Study

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The Topline results for this poll are now available for download.     


Obama’s Job Approval Rating Remains Stable

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Washington, DC – The monthly Ipsos/McClatchy poll indicates the majority of Americans (63%) continue to approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president. This is similar to the 65% approval rating Obama received exactly one month ago in the Ipsos/McClatchy tracking poll.     


Majority of Americans Continue to Approve of Obama’s Job as President

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Washington, DC – The latest Ipsos/McClatchy poll indicates the majority of Americans (65%) continue to approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president. This represents only a slight decline from the 69% approval rating Obama received exactly one month ago in the Ipsos/McClatchy poll.     


Ipsos/McClatchy Political Tracker

Friday, February 13, 2009

The Topline results for this poll are now available for download.     


Inauguration/ Economy Study

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Topline results for this poll are now available for download.     


The Ipsos Weekly College Football Fan First Poll (Final Poll)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos poll of college football fans shows Florida as the #1 team in the country after defeating Oklahoma in the BCS championship game. Florida was the consensus top choice and was selected #1 by fans in each of the four regions. However, in contrast with the AP Poll, which had Utah #2, and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, which had USC #2, the fans voted Texas as the second best team in the nation.     


Middle East Conflict Study

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Topline results for this poll are now available for download.     


Illinois Pulse Study

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Topline results for this poll are now available for download     


The Ipsos Weekly College Football Fan First Poll (WEEK 14)

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos poll of college football fans shows Alabama retaining its spot as the number one team in the country after beating Auburn. Florida moves up to the second spot after defeating Florida State, while Oklahoma and Texas round out the top 4.     


The Ipsos Weekly College Football Fan First Poll (WEEK 12)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos poll of college football fans shows Alabama retaining its spot as the number one team in the country. Texas Tech, idle last week, retains the second spot while Texas remains third after crushing Kansas.     


The Ipsos Weekly College Football Fan First Poll (WEEK 11)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos poll of college football fans shows a new number one team. Alabama after their thrilling overtime victory over LSU in Baton Rouge. Alabama jumps Texas Tech who had an impressive victory over Oklahoma State Saturday night.     


Majority Of Americans Feel Country Is On The Wrong Track; But “Right Direction” Makes Gains After Election

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Washington, DC – The latest Ipsos/McClatchy poll of Americans indicates that a strong majority (64%) feel that things in the country are off on the wrong track. However, in this first poll after the Presidential election, the percentage of Americans who feel the country is heading in the right direction has increased to 32%, compared to only 21% who reported the country was headed in the right direction in October.     


The Ipsos Weekly College Football Fan First Poll (WEEK 10)

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos poll of college football fans shows a new number one team. Penn State, despite being idle last week, tops the Ipsos Fan First Poll. Texas Tech, with an exciting win over Texas, is ranked second. Alabama remains third after crushing Arkansas State.     


YES, It Can Be Done: Ipsos Polling Aces US Election Outcome

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Washington, DC—The Ipsos Public Affairs polling team aced the actual popular vote outcome of the historic US Presidential election with their last poll of the campaign collected October 30 to November 2, 2008 and released on November 3, 2008.     


With Less Than 24 Hours Before Election Day, Obama Maintains Lead – Among Likely Voters, Obama 53%, McCain 46%

Monday, November 03, 2008

Washington, DC – The final Ipsos/McClatchy poll of likely voters in the 2008 Presidential election campaign indicates that, with less than a day until Election Day, Barack Obama maintains his lead over John McCain – 53% for Obama/Biden, 46% for McCain/Palin and 1% for Nader/Gonzalez.     


Strong Majority of Americans Believe in Safety Precautions for Children Trick-or-Treating

Friday, October 31, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos/McClatchy poll of Americans indicates strong agreement with taking safety precautions for children trick-or-treating.     


Majority of Americans Believe in Ghosts (57%) and UFOs (52%)

Friday, October 31, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos/McClatchy poll of Americans indicates significant belief in things that go bump in the night, but are divided on the scariest political candidate costume for Halloween.     


The Ipsos Weekly College Football Fan First Poll (WEEK 9)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos poll of college football fans shows the first sign of a divided nation. The Texas Longhorns remained the number one ranked college football team in America after defeating Oklahoma State. However, with a win over top 10 Ohio State in Columbus, Penn State received the top ranking by fans in the Midwest and Northeast regions.     


Obama Maintains Lead in Presidential Race – Among Likely Voters, Obama 50%, McCain 42%

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos/McClatchy poll of likely voters indicates that Barack Obama maintains his lead over John McCain – 50% for Obama/Biden and 42% for McCain/Palin.     


The Ipsos Weekly College Football Fan First Poll (WEEK 7)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos poll of college football fans, provided exclusively to the McClatchy Newsgroup, shows the Alabama Crimson Tide as being the number one ranked college football team in America.     


Few Americans Give High Marks To Food Safety Efforts (11% grade of ‘A’) – More Think Food Safety Has Gotten Worse (28% Worse / 15% Better)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos/McClatchy poll of Americans indicates mixed feelings regarding food safety efforts in the United States, problem areas, and the amount of responsibility various parties should have with respect to food safety.     


After Final Presidential Debate, Undecideds Favor Obama – Obama 53%, McCain 47%

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos/McClatchy poll of undecided voters who watched last night’s final Presidential debate indicates that Barack Obama continues to have the edge among the small number of voters who have not yet decided on a candidate. After last night’s debate, more than half lean toward supporting Obama (Obama 53%/McCain 47%).     


Obama Widens Lead in Presidential Race– Obama 48%, McCain 39%

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos/McClatchy poll of registered voters indicates that Barack Obama continues to incrementally open his lead over John McCain – 48% for Obama/Biden and 39% for McCain/Palin. Third party candidates Ralph Nader (Independent) and Bob Barr (Libertarian) received 2% and 1% respectively.     


The Ipsos Weekly College Football Fan First Poll

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos poll of college football fans, provided exclusively to the McClatchy Newsgroup, shows the Alabama Crimson Tide as being the number one ranked college football team in America.     


After Second Presidential Debate, Undecideds Move Toward Obama – Obama 57%, McCain 43%

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos/McClatchy poll of undecided voters who watched last night’s second Presidential debate indicates that Barack Obama seems to be picking up momentum among the small number of voters who have not yet decided on a candidate. Before the debate, these undecided voters leaned toward John McCain (Obama 45%/McCain 55%) – but after last night’s debate, nearly six in ten lean toward supporting Obama (Obama 57%/McCain 43%).     


Financial Meltdown has Effect

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos/McClatchy poll of registered voters indicates that Barack Obama has extended his lead over John McCain – 47% for Obama/Biden and 40% for McCain/Palin. Third party candidates Ralph Nader (Independent) and Bob Barr (Libertarian) received 3% and 1% respectively.     


The Ipsos Weekly College Football Fan First Poll

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos poll of college football fans, provided exclusively to the McClatchy Newsgroup, shows the Alabama Crimson Tide as being the number one ranked college football team in America.     


Obama Opens 4-Point Lead in Presidential Race – Obama 46%, McCain 42%

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos/McClatchy poll of registered voters indicates that Barack Obama has opened a small lead against John McCain in the overall presidential race – 46% for Obama/Biden and 42% for McCain/Palin. Third party candidates Ralph Nader (Independent) and Bob Barr (Libertarian) received 2% and 1% respectively.     


Ipsos/McClatchy Debate Panel

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The Topline results for this poll are now available for download.     


In the Wake of Wall Street Meltdown, Neither Candidate Seen As Qualified to Resolve Crisis: Obama 45%, McCain 46%

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos/McClatchy poll of registered voters indicates that neither candidate for the Presidency is viewed as qualified to resolve the financial and mortgage crisis following last week’s Wall Street meltdown. Overall, less than half of American voters endorse each candidates qualifications – 45% of voters believe Barack Obama is qualified to resolve the crisis; 46% see John McCain as qualified.     


War On Terror Still Divisive

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos/McClatchy poll of Americans indicates that the War on Terror remains a divisive issue in American politics. A majority (57%) believe the United States can win the war on terror, although opinions are more divided regarding current success. The poll indicates that only a slim majority (54%) think the United States is winning the war on terror – nearly half (46%) believe the U.S. is not winning.     


Consumers Worried After Wall Street Meltdown

Friday, September 19, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos/McClatchy poll of Americans indicates that the recent Wall Street meltdown has significantly weakened consumer confidence. Six in ten Americans (60%) are not very or not at all confident that the government can restore the confidence of consumers and investors after recent events.     


McCain Holding Convention Bump But still a Dead Heat for the White House: McCain 45%, Obama 45%

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos/McClatchy poll of Americans indicates that McCain has been able to maintain his post-convention bump. The overall national race, though, remains a statistical dead heat — 45% for McCain and 45% for Obama.     


Seven Years after 9/11

Friday, September 12, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos/McClatchy poll of Americans indicates that two thirds (62%) of Americans believe that enough (52%) or too much (10%) has been done in terms of safety improvements on US owned and operated airlines since 9/11. Just under four in 10 (38%) of respondents disagree.     


The Race for the White House: In a Heartbeat

Friday, September 12, 2008

Washington, DC – A new Ipsos/McClatchy poll of Americans indicates that with less than two months remaining in the campaign for president, the race between McCain and Obama is a statistical dead heat —46% for McCain and 45% for Obama.     


Overall Leadership Matters: McCain 47%, Obama 45% Equal To The Task

Friday, September 12, 2008

Washington, DC - A new Ipsos/McClatchy poll of Americans indicates that with less than two months remaining in the campaign for president, John McCain and Barack Obama are in a statistical dead heat on the issue of Leadership—one of the central focal points of the race this year. Forty-Seven percent of Americans see McCain as stronger on Leadership, while 45% think Obama is stronger.