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White House 2000: Post-Election Polls
Grading Campaign 2000 See also: Exit Polls


 

The Harris Poll. Nov. 13-18, 2000. N=1,024 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"How would you rate the job [see below] did in presenting the candidates and their issues in these elections: excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?"
Excellent/
Pretty
Good
Only
Fair/
Poor
% %
Television news
ALL 52 44
Republicans 47 49
Democrats 61 36
Independents 44 51
Conservatives 44 52
Moderates 59 38
Liberals 52 44

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Newspapers
ALL 43 44
Republicans 44 45
Democrats 45 43
Independents 44 43
Conservatives 44 43
Moderates 45 43
Liberals 41 46

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The TV advertising by the candidates
ALL 36 57
Republicans 40 52
Democrats 39 57
Independents 31 60
Conservatives 38 56
Moderates 36 58
Liberals 37 58

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Nov. 10-12, 2000. N=1,113 Nov. 2000 election voters nationwide who were previously interviewed in Sept. 2000 or Oct. 2000. MoE 3.

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"Now that the campaign is over, how satisfied were you with the choice of presidential candidates? Would you say that you were very satisfied, fairly satisfied, not very satisfied, or not at all satisfied?"
11/00 11/96 11/92 11/88
% % % %
Very satisfied 24 18 24 26
Fairly satisfied 44 33 37 36
Not very satisfied 18 24 21 20
Not at all satisfied 9 22 16 17
Don't know 5 3 2 1

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"During this campaign, did you feel you learned enough about the candidates and the issues to make an informed choice between Gore, Bush, Nader and Buchanan, or did you find it difficult to choose because you felt you did not learn enough from the campaign?"
%
Learned enough 83
Did not learn enough 15
Don't know 2

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"How helpful were the presidential debates to you in deciding which candidate to vote for? Would you say they were very helpful, somewhat helpful, not too helpful, or not at all helpful?"
11/00 11/96 11/92 11/88
% % % %
Very helpful 25 13 31 13
Somewhat helpful 37 28 39 35
Not too helpful 14 23 11 24
Not at all helpful 16 25 13 25
Didn't watch debates (vol.) 7 10 5 3
Don't know 1 1 1 -

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"Students are often given the grades A, B, C, D, or Fail to describe the quality of their work. Looking back over the campaign, what grade would you give to each of the following groups for the way they conducted themselves in the campaign? . . ."

"Don't know" response not shown

A B C D Fail
% % % % %
The press 6 22 31 18 20
The pollsters 7 22 28 15 14
The talk show hosts 9 22 24 11 10
The campaign consultants 5 26 29 8 5
The Republican Party 10 35 31 10 9
The Democratic Party 14 33 30 11 8
Al Gore 17 36 25 10 10
George W. Bush 15 37 27 10 9
Ralph Nader 7 20 26 14 11
Pat Buchanan 4 12 25 17 15
The voters 22 31 25 7 4

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"Thinking about the campaign again: How helpful were the candidates' commercials to you in deciding which candidate to vote for? Would you say they were very helpful, somewhat helpful, not too helpful, or not at all helpful?"
11/00 11/96 11/92
% % %
Very helpful 6 4 10
Somewhat helpful 23 21 28
Not too helpful 24 27 28
Not at all helpful 42 46 31
Don't know 5 2 3

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"Compared to past presidential elections, would you say there was more discussion of issues in this campaign or less discussion of issues?"
11/00 11/96 11/92
% % %
More 46 25 59
Less 36 65 34
Same (vol.) 13 6 4
Don't know 5 4 3

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"Compared to past presidential elections, would you say there was MORE mudslinging or negative campaigning in this campaign or LESS mudslinging or negative campaigning in this campaign?"
11/00 11/96 11/92
% % %
More 34 49 68
Less 46 36 16
Same (vol.) 16 12 14
Don't know 4 3 2

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"Would you say the press has been fair or unfair in the way it has covered Al Gore's / George W. Bush's election campaign?"
Gore Bush
% %
Fair 71 65
Unfair 24 30
Don't know 5 5

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"In your opinion, what should news organizations do on election night? Wait to announce the winner in a state until nearly all the votes are counted. OR, Should they PREDICT a winner when they feel confident about the outcome of the election based on early returns."
%
Wait for the vote count 87
Predict winner based on early returns 11
Don't know 2

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"Early on election night, news organizations mistakenly declared Al Gore the winner in Florida. Do you think this mistake had any effect on how people in other parts of the country voted, OR don't you think it had any impact?"
%
Did have an effect 52
Did not have any impact 41
Don't know 7

 

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