Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis
Patterns of Distinction
Super Tuesday revealed distinct – and somewhat suprising — voting patterns across the nation that may shape the course ahead in the closely contested Democratic race.
Many Democrats Say Media Tougher on Clinton than Obama
With campaign coverage dominating (including 76% of the cable newshole), nearly a third of Democrats say the press has been too tough on Clinton while more Republicans say the press has been too easy on McCain than the other candidates.
Where Men and Women Differ in Following the News
A look at the public’s news interests over the past year shows continuing differences between women and men in the types of news stories that they follow very closely.
McCain’s Support Soars, Democratic Race Tightens
Both Barack Obama and John McCain have gained considerable popularity in recent weeks with Obama’s gains concentrated among white, middle-income and moderate Democrats.
A Look at the Numbers
So far, the 2008 primaries and caucuses have been anything but predictable — comebacks, fallbacks, not to mention surprised pollsters. But a closer look reveals some common themes that have emerged.
The Impact of “Cell-Onlys” on Public Opinion Polls
A new Pew study finds that on key political measures such as presidential approval, Iraq policy, presidential primary voter preference and party affiliation, respondents reached on cell phones hold attitudes very similar to those reached on landline telephones.
Global Warming Falls Still Farther on Republicans’ Policy Agenda
Republicans’ concerns about climate change have fallen through the floor. Just 12% now call it a top priority for policymakers.
The South Carolina Democratic Primary in Black and White
This time, the pre-election polls understated Barack Obama’s support among both white and black voters.
Nearly lost in the blizzard of recent poll reports were the findings of a Gallup survey that the current GOP frontrunner, John McCain, might well give each of the two Democratic frontrunners a run for their money.
Interest Surges in Economic News, Especially the Housing Crisis
Public interest in economic news reached its highest level in five years. Interest was only somewhat greater during the recession of the early 1990s.