The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press conducted 23 nationwide surveys this year, interviewing close to 40,000 Americans. Its poll findings tell the story of how and when voters made their voting decisions in the longest—and one of the most exciting—presidential elections in American history. The surveys also chronicled public reactions to other major events of the year ranging from the pope's visit, to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to the onset of a mega-economic downturn.
View the complete list of this year's nationwide surveys What a Year! People-Press Poll Reports in 2008 on the Pew Research Center's Web site.