U.S. Politics Sep. 11, 2008

The Bounce Effect

There is little doubt that the fall campaign begins in earnest with McCain having gained the momentum. How good an indicator is this of where the electorate is headed on Nov. 4?

U.S. Politics Sep. 10, 2008

McCain’s Image Improves – With Big Assist From Palin

While the GOP ticket leader’s speech received only modest reviews, his running mate’s address was viewed as the highlight of the Republican convention and helped boost McCain’s public image overall. However, many in the public still question Palin’s qualifications.

Media & News Sep. 9, 2008

Northern Exposure: Palin Dominates Campaign Coverage

For the first time since the general election campaign began, John McCain generated more coverage than Barack Obama. But he was still outshone by another newsmaker — his own running mate.

Religion Sep. 4, 2008

Survey Finds Alaskans Less Religious Than Other Americans

GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is a self-described “Bible-believing Christian,” but Pew surveys find that Alaskans are less devout on average than other Americans.

Media & News Sep. 3, 2008

Denver and Palin Fuel Biggest Campaign Week Yet

Campaign coverage filled 69% of the overall newshole last week, by far the most media attention the 2008 election has received since PEJ began tracking it in January 2007. The Democratic convention dominated news early, but McCain’s unexpected VP pick abruptly changed the subject. In just two days of tracking, Sarah Palin became the third biggest campaign story of the week.

U.S. Politics Sep. 3, 2008

After Busy Week, Views of Both Candidates Improve

As attention to the campaign increased substantially last week, the images of both Barack Obama and John McCain improved. Reviews of Obama’s acceptance speech were overwhelmingly positive. Among those who could rate it, nearly half (48%) rated the speech excellent and another 36% rated it good.

Media & News Aug. 28, 2008

Convention Buzz: A Split Decision

An examination of political websites shows the Clinton team and the Obama team sharing equal billing in online chatter about the Democratic National Convention.

Internet & Tech Aug. 28, 2008

Podcasts Proliferate, But Not Mainstream

Nearly one in five internet users (19%) has downloaded a podcast to listen to or view later — up from 12% in 2006. But podcasting has yet to become a fixture in the everyday lives of internet users, as very few download podcasts on a typical day.

U.S. Politics Aug. 27, 2008

Obama’s Background Better Known Than His Issue Positions

As Obama accepts the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in Denver, more than six-in-ten Americans say they know a lot or a fair amount about his background, but only about half are familiar with his policies.

Internet & Tech Aug. 26, 2008

E-Patients: Chronically Ill Seek Health Information Online

More Americans are making a habit of using the internet to gather health information as broadband adoption increases. But personal motivation is also a powerful factor, as those with chronic diseases are more likely to search for and make decisions about health care online.