Taking The Voters' Pulse

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant tapes a scene with actor Jeremy Piven for the HBO series "Entourage" at the Staples Center before the Lakers basketball game against the Golden State Warriors Tuesday, April 11, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
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The CBS News Polling Unit is keeping track of the race for the White House and other key Campaign 2000 contests. Here are the latest CBS News political polls:


July 17: The presidential race between George W. Bush and Al Gore is tightening up, according to the latest CBS News poll. Bush now leads Gore by just two percentage points, down from eight in mid-May.

July 17: Will Al Gore and George W. Bush's choices of vice presidential running mates make a big difference in the November election? A CBS News poll finds the answer is a resounding no.

June 12: Hillary Clinton has a small lead over Rick Lazio in the New York Senate race, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll. Analysis by CBSNews.com's Susan Walsh.

May 20: Americans continue to give President Bill Clinton high approval ratings, but they have mixed feelings about whether they'll be sorry to see him leave office, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll.

May 17: Americans think party leaders and campaign contributors had more say than primary voters in choosing this year's presidential nominees, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times poll.

May 15: George W. Bush has increased his lead over Al Gore in the race for the White House. In the latest CBS News/New York Times poll, the Texas governor was favored by 47 percent of voters, compared to 39 percent for the vice president.

April 6: A CBS News/New York Times poll shows Hillary Clinton surging ahead of Rudy Giuliani in their battle for the New York Senate.

April 1: Most voters don't think the 2000 political campaigns have been unusually negative, according to a CBS News poll. However they do have negative feelings about the whole primary process and feel strongly that it doesn't produce the best candidates.

March 27: George W. Bush leads Al Gore by 49 percent to 42 percent in the latest CBS News poll. But voters say Gore is more likely to promote real campaign finance reform.

March 14: Independent voters are crucial to the presidential ambitions of Al Gore and George W. Bush. But neither man has a lock on this voting group. Monika McDermott of the CBS News Election and Survey Unit surveys the road ahead for the two candidates.

March 8: CBS News Election and Survey Unit Consultant Annie Weber analyzes the results of Super Tuesday's national slate of primaries.

March 8: Monika McDermott of the CBS News Election and Survey Unit explains the Super Tuesday results in the Golden State.

March 8: Monika McDermott of the CBS News Election and Survey Unit takes a look at the hows and whys of the Empire State presidential primaries.

Feb. 29: A solidly Republican and conservative electorate powered George W. Bush to victory in the Virginia GOP primary. Monika McDermott of the CBS News Election and Survey Unit analyzes Bush's win.

Feb. 28: With a week to go before the big New York presidential primaries, George W. Bush and Al Gore are maintaining leads in their respective parties, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll.

Feb. 24: The high-profile New York Senate race between Rudolph Giuliani and Hillary Rodham Clinton is all even, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll.

Feb. 23: Republican John McCain is within striking distance of George W. Bush in New York, while Democrat Al Gore holds a big lead over Bill Bradley.

Feb. 22: John McCain received onl 29 percent of the GOP vote in Michigan, but strong support from Democrats and independents propelled him to a crucial victory. Monika McDermott of the CBS News Election and Survey Unit reports.

Feb. 19: Monika McDermott of the CBS News Election and Survey Unit analyzes George W. Bush's decisive victory in the South Carolina Republican primary.

Feb. 12-14: Voters are evenly divided over which party they think will win the White House in November, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll.

Feb. 14: Kathy Frankovic, Director of Surveys for CBS News, puts a spotlight on push polls, which aren't polls at all.

Feb. 11: With the primary season in full swing, John McCain is gaining on GOP front-runner George W. Bush, while Al Gore increases his lead over Bill Bradley among Democrats.

Feb. 8: Monika McDermott of the CBS News Election and Survey Unit analyzes George W. Bush's big win in the Delaware Republican primary.

Feb. 6: Monika McDermott of the CBS News Election and Survey Unit analyzes Al Gore's win in the Delaware Democratic primary.

Feb. 1: Monika McDermott and Cheryl Arnedt of the CBS News Election and Survey Unit analyze the outcome of the New Hampshire primary.

Feb. 1: CBS Election Analyst Linda DiVall takes a look at the reasons for John McCain's victory in New Hampshire.

Jan. 28-30: On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, the GOP race between John McCain and George W. Bush is too close to call. On the Democratic side, Al Gore has a comfortable lead over Bill Bradley.

Jan. 27: The first news poll ever conducted over the Web to gauge response to a major news event finds most Americans approved of President Clinton's State of the Union speech.

Jan. 25-26: George W. Bush's victory in Iowa seems to have had little impact on voters in New Hampshire, where John McCain continues to hold a slight lead.

Jan. 25: George W. Bush did well among conservatives. Al Gore's experience in office was a plus with Democrats. Monika McDermott and Cheryl Arnedt of the CBS News Election Survey Unit make sense of the Iowa caucuses.

Jan. 15-17: Although voters are more likely to learn about the candidates through TV ads and debates, personal contact with voters remains a key to winning in New Hampshire.

Jan. 15-17: John McCain is winning the battle of New Hampshire on two fronts: He's ahead of George W. Bush among Republicans and leads Democrat Bill Bradley among independents.

Jan. 17: Confused by conflicting poll results? Kathy Frankovic, Director of Surveys for CBS News, explains why hypothetical questions can produce misleading poll findings.

Dec. 13-16: George W. Bush still enjoys a comfortable lead over John McCain in the GOP presidential race; while Al Gore continues to lead Bill Bradley among the Democrats.

Nov. 4-7 Sen. John McCain's unfavorable ratings are on the rise, and he's dropping further back in his battle to catch George W. Bush.

Nov. 4-7: While Texas Gov. George W. Bush remains the front-runner in the race for the White House, a new CBS News/New York Times poll suggests the 2000 presidential campaign should be a close one.

Oct. 28-30: Most Americans now Democratic presidential contender Bill Bradley more for his exploits on the basketball court than his career in the Senate.

Oct. 28-30: Americans give George W. Bush high marks on a number of presidential qualities, and Republican voters continue to give him a huge edge over his GOP rivals.

Oct. 28-30: While Al Gore maintains a comfortable edge over Democratic rival Bill Bradley, voters have doubts about his leadership qualities.

Oct. 23-28: In New York's battle of undeclared, high-profile Senate candidates, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has a slight edge over Hillary Rodham Clinton.