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Confidence Levels Increase among Democrats and Independents, Decrease among Republicans after Viewing Obama's Press Conference


Flemington, NJ, March 24, 2009 – Results of a national study among 1,375 Americans revealed that while confidence levels increased among Democrats and Independents regarding President Obama’s approach to the nation’s critical issues, confidence levels decreased among Republicans.

The study was conducted by HCD Research during the president’s press conference earlier this evening among a nationally representative sample of self-reported Democrats, Republicans and Independents. To view detailed results go to www.mediacurves.com.
 
After watching the press conference, participants were asked if they felt more confident, less confident or the same regarding major national issues that were discussed during this evening’s press conference.
 
Among the findings:
 
After viewing the press conference this evening, do you feel more confident, less confident or the same in regards to the following areas?
 
Condition of US economy

 
Democrats
Republicans
Independents
More confident
54%
18%
37%
The same
40%
51%
48%
Less confident
6%
31%
15%

Federal budget

 
Democrats
Republicans
Independents
More confident
41%
12%
22%
The same
49%
39%
51%
Less confident
10%
49%
27%

Health care

 
Democrats
Republicans
Independents
More confident
43%
15%
29%
The same
49%
51%
53%
Less confident
8%
35%
19%

Foreign policy

 
Democrats
Republicans
Independents
More confident
34%
10%
23%
The same
59%
55%
57%
Less confident
6%
35%
20%

Energy supply and creation

 
Democrats
Republicans
Independents
More confident
44%
19%
32%
The same
51%
54%
56%
Less confident
5%
28%
12%

 The nation’s education system

 
Democrats
Republicans
Independents
More confident
44%
16%
29%
The same
52%
58%
59%
Less confident
5%
26%
12%

The Media Curves web site provides the media and general public with a venue to view Americans’ perceptions of popular and controversial media events and advertisements.
Editors/Reporters: For more information on the study, or to speak with Glenn Kessler, president and CEO, HCD Research, please contact Vince McGourty, HCD Research, at (908) 483-9121 or (vince.mcgourty@hcdi.net).
 
HCD Research is a communications research company headquartered in Flemington, NJ.  The company's services include traditional and web-based communications research.  For additional information on HCD Research, access the company’s web site at www.hcdi.net or call HCD Research at 908-788-9393.
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