U.S. Politics Oct. 30, 2008

Democrats Hold Party ID Edge Across Political Battleground

As shown in a series of charts, the Democratic Party now holds an advantage in several swing states, has increased its advantage in several “blue” states and cut into the GOP’s lead in some “red” states since the last presidential campaign.

Hispanic Oct. 29, 2008

Among Florida’s Hispanics, Voter Registration Swings Democratic

Unlike in the rest of the country, the Latino vote in the Sunshine State has tended to be heavily Republican; but changing politics and demographics have produced a substantial shift in electoral rolls.

Media & News Oct. 29, 2008

The Color Of News: How Different Media Have Covered the General Election

When it comes to coverage of the campaign for president 2008, where one goes for news makes a difference, according to a new study.

Media & News Oct. 28, 2008

Swing States Sway Campaign Media

In the final days of the race for president, seemingly nothing but the algebra of the electoral map appears to have staying power.

Oct. 23, 2008

Republicans: Still Happy Campers

Despite the imploding stock market, the looming recession, the unpopular president and discouraging political polls, a new Social Trends survey finds GOP adherents still beat Democrats on the happiness scale.

Media & News Oct. 21, 2008

Polls and Plumbers Drive Narrative

Campaign coverage increasingly focused on tactics — including McCain’s invocation of an Ohio plumber to represent the working man – as well as fights in battleground states and the parade of polls.

U.S. Politics Oct. 17, 2008

Poll Power

Though by no means a perfect instrument, polls make it possible for more opinions, held by a broader and more representative range of citizens, to be known to the government and thus, potentially, heeded.

Global Oct. 7, 2008

Trickle-Down Global Economics: World Already Saw U.S. Influence as Negative

Well before the current economic crisis circled the globe, publics worldwide were well aware that U.S. economic conditions affected their own economies. Most — including the U.S. itself — viewed that influence in a negative light.

Media & News Oct. 7, 2008

Did Campaign Coverage Move off the Economy? You Betcha!

Though the economic crisis dominated general news coverage, the vice presidential debate drove the campaign narrative as Sarah Palin received the most attention of the four candidates.

Oct. 6, 2008

Middle Class, By the Numbers

The plight of Middle Americans has been much invoked by candidates from both parties this election year. Who are these folk? Here’s a self-portrait painted in statistics.