U.S. Politics Jun. 19, 2008

Gas Prices Dominate the Public’s Economic News Agenda

As economic news continues to register at an almost record level with the public, no other issue gets close to the level of attention accorded the price of oil and gas. Fully 72% of Americans say it is the economic or fiscal problem they’ve heard the most about.

U.S. Politics Jun. 18, 2008

More Hear Negative News About Michelle Obama Than Cindy McCain

While opinions about both potential First Ladies are mostly positive, Mrs. Obama has emerged as a more high profile and controversial spouse than Mrs. McCain.

Media & News Jun. 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.

U.S. Politics Jun. 16, 2008

More See America’s Loss Of Global Respect As Major Problem

Seven-in-ten Americans — now including a majority of Republicans — see the loss of international respect for the nation as a major problem.

Internet & Tech Jun. 15, 2008

Politics Goes Viral Online

Already in this campaign season, more Americans — 46% — have gone online to get political news and campaign information than in all of 2004.

Global Jun. 12, 2008

Global Economic Gloom — China and India Notable Exceptions

Although views of the U.S. remain negative, and many now worry about the US economy’s impact on their nations, the U.S.’s favorable ratings have increased modestly since 2007 in 10 of 21 countries with comparative data. People around the world are following the U.S. election closely – and in most places surveyed, express greater confidence in Obama than in McCain.

U.S. Politics Jun. 11, 2008

Most Americans See a Black Nominee as Important for Country

A solid majority say the nomination of an African American for president is important to the country, but racial and partisan divisions exist on the significance of Obama’s historical achievement.

U.S. Politics Jun. 5, 2008

Many Say Coverage is Biased in Favor of Obama

More of the public heard about controversies related to Obama than other campaign events. Even so, far more Americans believe press coverage has favored him than think it has favored Clinton.

U.S. Politics Jun. 3, 2008

Democratic Party’s Favorables Rise, Congress Still Unpopular

While opinion of the Republican Party (39% favorable) remains at a historic low, favorable views of the Democratic Party have risen to 57%. Attitudes toward the Democratic-led Congress, however, remain very negative.

Media & News May. 29, 2008

Character and the Primaries of 2008

A new analysis of media coverage during the first ten weeks of the 2008 primary season finds the dominant personal narratives about Obama and Clinton were almost identical in tone, and were both twice as positive as negative. The coverage of McCain’s character was less positive than that of either Democratic candidate.