U.S. Politics Oct. 4, 2008

A Word about Debate Impressions

View “word clouds” of voters’ impressions of the performances of John McCain and Barack Obama in their first presidential debate based on one-word descriptions from a recent Pew survey.

U.S. Politics Oct. 1, 2008

The Bad Rap on the Bailout Bill

Members who voted against the original House bill are said to be responding to strong opposition to the rescue plan from their constituents, but that’s not what most Americans are saying.

Media & News Sep. 30, 2008

Coverage Centers on Volatility in Economy and McCain Campaign

The week drama’s suggested that a national crisis and campaign for president do not easily mix and the candidate who tried harder to seize the moment may have had the tougher week.

Media & News Sep. 30, 2008

Assessing the Debate: A Media/Public Disconnect?

Political pundits, seeing no knockout punch, scored a tie. But viewers awarded the win to Obama.

U.S. Politics Sep. 25, 2008

The Candidates: In a Word

View “word clouds” of voters’ impressions of the candidates based on one-word descriptions from a recent Pew survey.

U.S. Politics Sep. 25, 2008

Uncertain Times

In every recent election the public has accurately picked the winner by this time in the cycle. But not this year.

U.S. Politics Sep. 23, 2008

Cell Phones and the 2008 Vote: An Update

As in two preceding tests, a new survey shows that including cell phone interviews results in slightly more support for Obama and slightly less for McCain.

Media & News Sep. 23, 2008

Financial Fallout Pops Palin Media Bubble, Drives Campaign Coverage

Wall Street’s meltdown raised the possibility that the economy may become the decisive factor in the November election.

Global Sep. 22, 2008

A New Leader for a Chronically Gloomy Japan

Even if international financial markets were thriving, it is likely that the selection of Taro Aso as the new leader of Japan’s ruling party would still have played out against a backdrop of national apprehensiveness and pessimism.

Media & News Sep. 22, 2008

How the Media Has Handled Palin’s Faith

Coverage of her religious background and beliefs has often been a peripheral element in the story.