Israelis Want An Advancing of Elections

Given the political situation that has developed, what would you prefer? A national emergency government headed by a leader chosen from Kadima that includes Kadima, Labour and Likud, or advancing the elections?

Elections 54%
Emergency government 26%
Other 20%

Source: Maagar Mochot / Israel Radio
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 508 Israeli adults, conducted on May 28, 2008. Margin of error is 4.5 per cent.

Poland: Civic Platform Party Loses Popularity

What party would you support in the next election?

May 2008 Mar. 2008 Nov. 2007
Civic Platform (PO) 41% 60% 50%
Law and Justice Party (PiS) 20% 19% 20%
Left and Democracy (LiD) 5% 5% 6%
Peasant’s Party (PSL) 3% 4% 5%

Source: GfK Polonia / Rzeczpospolita
Methodology: Interviews to 1,039 Polish adults, conducted on May 23 to May 25, 2008. Margin of error is 3 per cent.

Laughable Poll From Virginia

If there were an election for President of the United States today, would you vote for Republican John McCain? Or Democrat Barack Obama?

Barack Obama (D) 49%
John McCain (R) 42%
Undecided 9%

Source: SurveyUSA
Methodology: Telephone interviews to 600 registered Virginia voters, conducted from May 16 to May 18, 2008. Margin of error is 4.1 per cent.

Netherlands: CDA Leads, ToN Second, Labour Third

What party would you vote for in the next parliamentary election?
(Results presented in seats)

May 25 May 11 Apr. 27
Christian-Democratic Appeal (CDA) 32 33 33
Proud of the Netherlands (ToN) 23 26 23
Labour Party (PvdA) 19 19 20
Socialist Party (SP) 16 16 17
Democrats 66 (D66) 14 13 12
People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) 14 12 13
Party for Freedom (PvdV) 10 10 12
Green Left (GL) 10 10 10
Christian Union (CU) 7 7 6
Party for the Animals (PvdD) 3 2 2
Reformed Political Party (SGP) 2 2 2

Source: Maurice de Hond
Methodology: Interviews with 1,000 Dutch adults, conducted on May 25, 2008. No margin of error was provided.

Germany: Conservatives Hold 11 pt Lead

What party would you vote for in the next federal election?

May 14 Apr. 30 Apr. 2
Christian-Democratic Union (CDU) /
Bavarian Christian-Social Party (CSU)
36% 37% 37%
Social Democratic Party (SPD) 25% 27% 26%
Left Party (Linke) 12% 12% 12%
Green Party (Grune) 12% 10% 11%
Free Democratic Party (FDP) 11% 10% 10%

Source: Infratest-Dimap
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,500 German voters, conducted on May 13 and May 14, 2008. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

Bulgarians Have Negative View of PM Stanishev

Do you have a positive or negative view of Sergey Stanishev’s work as prime minister?

Apr. 2008 Feb. 2008 Jan. 2008
Positive 41% 41% 46%
Negative 54% 53% 49%

Source: Alpha Research
Methodology: Interviews with 1,010 Bulgarian adults, conducted in April 2008. No margin of error was provided.

Americans Like Divorce, Gambling

Next, I’m going to read you a list of issues. Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that in general it is morally acceptable or morally wrong.

Acceptable Wrong
Divorce 70% 22%
Gambling 63% 32%
The death penalty 62% 30%
Medical research using stem cells obtained from human embryos 62% 30%
Sex between an unmarried man and woman 61% 36%
Medical testing on animals 56% 38%
Having a baby outside of marriage 55% 41%
Buying and wearing clothing made of animal fur 54% 39%
Doctor-assisted suicide 51% 44%
Homosexual relations 48% 48%
Abortion 40% 48%
Cloning animals 33% 61%
Suicide 15% 78%
Cloning humans 11% 85%
Polygamy, when one husband has more than one wife at the same time 8% 90%
Married men and women having an affair 7% 91%

Source: Gallup / USA Today
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,017 American adults, conducted from May 8 to May 11, 2008. Margin of error is 3 per cent.