Media & News Aug. 5, 2008

Spears and Hilton Raise McCain Coverage Even With Obama

A spasm of introspection by the media, amid a wave of accusations that they were being unfair to the GOP standard bearer combined with a controversial ad to generate equal coverage of the two candidates.

U.S. Politics Jul. 31, 2008

Inflation Staggers Public but Economy Still Seen As Fixable

Beyond widespread anxiety about energy costs, a growing number of Americans say it is difficult for them to afford food. Yet most are confident that even in an era of global economic interdependence the federal government is capable of fixing the economy

U.S. Politics Jul. 31, 2008

Obama’s Trip a Top Campaign Event for Public

Despite a high level of public attention to the Democratic candidate’s weeklong tour abroad, most said they learned very little of his foreign policy views as a result of the trip.

Jul. 29, 2008

America’s Four Middle Classes

The Top of the Class, the Satisfied Middle, the Anxious Middle and the Struggling Middle – what unites and divides the majority of Americans who call themselves “middle class.”

Media & News Jul. 29, 2008

Obama’s Trip Consumes Coverage

While many media outlets credited Obama with a stylistically successful and largely gaffe-less trip, some questioned whether it actually benefited the candidate.

U.S. Politics Jul. 29, 2008

The Power of the Protest Vote

Don’t be surprised if third or fourth party presidential candidates garner enough votes in November to make a difference

U.S. Politics Jul. 24, 2008

Democrats Highly Critical of New Yorker Cover, Republicans Say It Was Okay

Fully four-in-ten Americans heard a lot about a satirical cartoon on the cover of the New Yorker magazine. A majority of those who saw it found it offensive (54%) and few found it funny (27%).

Hispanic Jul. 24, 2008

Latinos Overwhelmingly Support Obama and Democrats in 2008

A new Pew Hispanic Center survey finds the presumptive Democratic nominee now has a strong lead among Hispanics, a sharp reversal from the primaries when Obama lost the Latino vote to Hillary Clinton by a nearly two-to-one ratio.

Religion Jul. 24, 2008

The Blaine Game: Controversy Over the Public Funding of Religion

A scholar discusses challenges in Florida to its so-called Blaine Amendments that restrict state aid to religious schools. More than two-thirds of states have similar constitutional provisions.

Media & News Jul. 23, 2008

War Takes Center Stage as Obama (and Media) Move Overseas

In a week that began with speeches on foreign policy by both candidates and ended with Barack Obama traveling to the Middle East, The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in various dimensions, retook center stage in the campaign for the presidency.