Global Jul. 16, 2008

Obamamania Abroad: The Candidate Can Expect a Warm Welcome in Europe, Not So in the Middle East

By all accounts, Barack Obama will be enthusiastically greeted when he travels to Europe. But his trip will take him into less friendly territory in the Middle East where Muslims remain skeptical about the future of U.S. foreign policy, regardless of who is elected in November.

U.S. Politics Jul. 15, 2008

Belief that Obama is Muslim is Durable, Bipartisan – but Most Likely to Sway Democratic Votes

The New Yorker magazine’s controversial cover has renewed focus on persistent public misperceptions of Sen. Barack Obama’s faith.

Media & News Jul. 15, 2008

Gaffe Coverage: Jackson Tops Gramm

Statements by two non-candidates steered the campaign narrative last week, but Jesse Jackson’s derogatory remarks about Obama drew more media attention than did Phil Gramm’s remarks about whiny America.

Pew Research Center Jul. 14, 2008

Obama’s Black Audience

Are critics like Jesse Jackson more — or less — in touch with the African American public? A look at what survey data tell us about black attitudes and priorities.

Media & News Jul. 9, 2008

Media Heat Wave

A week of negative election storylines was led by the shake-up in the McCain campaign, Gen. Wesley Clark’s comments and questions of patriotism. Thanks in part to his staffing reshuffle, McCain was competitive with Obama in coverage for the first time since Obama clinched his nomination.

Global Jul. 2, 2008

U.S. Traveler Advisory: Where in the World Is the Welcome Mat Still Out?

The United States has lost much of its global popularity in recent years. Yet trip planners will be glad to know that recent surveys show that the countries that Americans are most likely to visit are, for the most part, countries that like Americans.

Media & News Jul. 1, 2008

Summer Rerun: Media Returns to Coverage of Divided Democrats

While differences between Barack Obama and John McCain over energy policy played a major role, most of the campaign narrative focused on Democrats’ efforts to reunite the party.

Jun. 25, 2008

Baby Boomers: The Gloomiest Generation

Today, in their early 40s to early 60s, boomers are more prosperous than any other age group. Their tastes still rule the world. Yet this privileged and pampered generation is the most downbeat in America.

Media & News Jun. 24, 2008

The Spouse and the President Get Their Media Close-ups

A key narrative in last week’s campaign focused not on Barack Obama and John McCain themselves, but on two people whose public roles reflect crucial challenges facing the candidates–Michelle Obama and George Bush.

Global Jun. 24, 2008

Assessing Globalization: Benefits and Drawbacks of Trade and Integration

Enthusiasm for economic globalization has waned considerably over the last few years in many wealthy nations, but survey research suggests that most average citizens around the world embrace the idea of a globalized world, albeit cautiously.