Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis

Pew Research CenterAugust 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.

Pew Research CenterJuly 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.

Pew Research CenterJuly 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.

Pew Research CenterJuly 21, 2008

The Changing Newsroom: Gains and Losses in Today’s Papers

It has fewer pages than three years ago, the paper stock is thinner, and the stories are shorter. There is less foreign and national news, less space devoted to science, the arts, features and a range of specialized subjects. These are just some of the changes documented in a new report by the Project for Excellence in Journalism that examines the resources in American newsrooms at a critical time.

Pew Research CenterJuly 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 CenterJuly 10, 2008

The Faith Factor in the Media’s Primary Campaign Coverage

Despite attention to Obama’s former pastor, questions about McCain’s relationship with the conservative religious base, interest in Romney’s Mormon faith and Baptist preacher Huckabee’s strong showing, only 2% of campaign stories directly focused on religion; still that was more than the attention devoted to race and gender combined.

Pew Research CenterJuly 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.

Pew Research CenterJuly 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.

Pew Research CenterJune 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.

Pew Research CenterJune 18, 2008

Coverage Turns To Issues

In a relatively light week of campaign coverage, attention focused on policy differences. Still, a fair amount of attention was also paid to some controversies and gaffes.