Media & News Aug. 26, 2008

It’s All Veepstakes All the Time

In a week that culminated with Senator Joe Biden’s selection as Barack Obama’s running mate, the veepstakes dominated the campaign narrative, shunting other storylines — particularly policy differences — to the sidelines.

Hispanic Aug. 26, 2008

One-in-Five and Growing Fast: A Profile of Hispanic Public School Students

The number of Latino students in public schools nearly doubled from 1990 to 2006, accounting for 60% of the total growth in school enrollments. Projections now show there will be more school-age Hispanic children than school-age non-Hispanic white children by 2050.

Aug. 25, 2008

Men or Women: Who’s the Better Leader?

Americans believe women have the right stuff to be political leaders. When it comes to honesty, intelligence and other traits they value highly in leaders, the public rates women superior to men. But only 6% say women make better political leaders than men. A new Pew survey explores this paradox.

Media & News Aug. 25, 2008

The Media’s Olympics

The Olympic Games trailed only the presidential race for media attention during their two-week run. There was little competition over who was the star of the show: Michael Phelps’ coverage dwarfed all other American athletes.

U.S. Politics Aug. 25, 2008

Obama’s Challenge

As Democrats gather in Denver, many may be wondering why the presidential race has tightened. An analysis of polling data shows that that while voters are unhappy with the state of the nation and give low ratings to President Bush, the GOP base has started to solidify around McCain. Polling also finds that Obama’s extensive media coverage may be a mixed blessing.

U.S. Politics Aug. 22, 2008

A Closer Look at the Parties in 2008

As the 2008 conventions approach, the Democratic Party’s advantage in party identification remains as large as it has been over the past two decades, and the Democratic Party’s image remains substantially more positive than the GOP’s.

U.S. Politics Aug. 21, 2008

Public Support Falls for Religion’s Role in Politics

A new Pew Research survey finds a decline in the share of Americans who want churches and other houses of worship to be involved in political matters. Most of the drop in the past four years has come among political conservatives.

U.S. Politics Aug. 21, 2008

Party Time: Democrats Primed To Tune Into Convention

More Americans are interested in following the Democratic Convention (59%) than the Republican Convention (48%). An overwhelming majority of Democrats (79%) plan to follow their party’s convention. However, those who favored Hillary Clinton express only modest interest in Obama’s speech and strong interest in her address.

Media & News Aug. 19, 2008

War in Georgia is Bigger News than the Campaign

Last week marked the first time in nine months that the most covered news story was not the presidential campaign. The Russian-Georgian war led the news and also generated positive coverage for McCain and his aggressive approach to the crisis.

Media & News Aug. 18, 2008

Tracking the Economic Slowdown

The slowing economy has replaced Iraq as the second most intensely covered story so far in 2008 according to a new study of media content. However, it still trails far behind the presidential campaign.