Debatable Campaign Coverage
Last week, a major part of the media narrative about the 2008 campaign involved the media themselves — specifically ABC’s moderators for the April 16 debate in Philadelphia.
No Clear Advantage
Electability is an issue, and one that both Obama and Clinton are likely to use to woo the superdelegates. But our polling suggests that neither candidate has a demonstrable advantage to tout.
You’re Laid Off
At a time when the U.S. economy is faltering, one out of every seven U.S. workers — especially those who have already hit hard times in the recent past — fear they will be laid off in the next 12 months.
McCain Doesn’t Get Most Exposure, But Can’t Be “Bitter” About Media
Renewed attention to Iraq benefited the GOP candidate, while Democrats seemed caught up in a game of gaffe ping-pong, with the media eagerly keeping score.
Where Trust is High, Crime and Corruption are Low
A Pew Global Attitudes survey finds that social trust varies greatly among countries, but high levels are generally linked to positive social outcomes.
Clinton Punches, Obama Bowls, McCain Reminisces
Obama attracted the most coverage, McCain’s bio tour earned him headlines, but Clinton generated the clearest story line with her “Rocky” reference.
That’s What I Like About Me
Obama’s high favorable ratings are more influenced by how he makes voters feel than by specific characteristics they attributed to him. Clinton’s image, in contrast, is driven by opinions about her own qualities.
Robo-Calls Now Top Type Of Campaign Outreach
About two-in-five voters now say they have received a pre-recorded call about the campaign. Meanwhile, Democrats are far more engaged in campaign activities than are Republcians — including donating money to a candidate.
Clinton’s Turn in Bad News is Big News
In recent campaign media narratives, bad news is big news. Hillary Clinton’s oft-repeated story about encountering sniper fire in Bosnia made her last week’s top newsmaker.
America’s Catholics Occupy a Unique Place in the World of Religion
U.S. Catholics occupy something of a middle ground between their more religious fellow Catholics in the developing world, and the less devout of Europe.