U.S. Politics Nov. 3, 2010

No Late Surge in Campaign Interest

The public’s interest in election news did not increase in the final days of the campaign, despite heavy news coverage. While most heard at least a little about the California proposition to legalize marijuana, a majority heard nothing about the Stewart-Colbert rally.

Media & News Nov. 2, 2010

Midterms Dominate Coverage in Final Week

The elections accounted for 42% of the total newshole, and filled a majority of the airtime on cable and radio.

U.S. Politics Oct. 31, 2010

GOP Likely to Capture Control of House

Republicans continue to hold a solid lead in preferences for Tuesday’s midterm elections among likely voters — enough so as to suggest they will win control of the House. The GOP owes its lead to strong backing from independents and record-levels of engagement among its partisans.

Hispanic Oct. 29, 2010

After the Great Recession: Foreign Born Gain Jobs; Native Born Lose Jobs

Immigrants are gaining jobs at a time when native-born workers continue to sustain losses. Foreign-born workers job gains may be the result of greater flexibility with regard to wages and hours of work or greater mobility. But despite rising employment, immigrants have experienced a sharp decline in earnings as well as a still substantial net loss in jobs.

U.S. Politics Oct. 29, 2010

The Party of Nonvoters

There will almost certainly be far more nonvoters than voters this year. Nonvoters are younger, less educated and more financially stressed than likely voters. They are also significantly less Republican and more likely to approve of Obama’s job performance.

Media & News Oct. 28, 2010

Blogged Comments

Tea Party favorites O’Donnell and Palin generated partisan reactions in the blogosphere.

Hispanic Oct. 28, 2010

Illegal Immigration Backlash Worries, Divides Latinos

About four-in-five of the nation’s estimated 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants are of Hispanic origin; a new national survey finds that Latinos are divided over what to do with these immigrants.

U.S. Politics Oct. 27, 2010

Public Still More Interested in Economy than Elections

The public gives mixed ratings to the media for the job they have done covering the midterms. Also, nearly half say the GOP will gain control of the House.

U.S. Politics Oct. 27, 2010

Wide Partisan Divide Over Global Warming

A majority of Americans say the earth is warming, but far fewer than said so in 2006. The decline has come mostly from Republicans, and very few Tea Party supporters say there is solid evidence of global warming. Also, the public is divided on the question of whether scientists themselves agree that the earth is warming.

Media & News Oct. 26, 2010

Media Ride Electoral Wave

The midterms accounted for 38% of the total newshole, up substantially from 28% the previous week, and registering as the No. 1 story in all five media sectors.