Religion Oct. 2, 2008

The Religious Vote: Much like 2004, but Economic Concerns Now Top Social Issues

A national survey finds remarkable stability in the candidate preferences of major religious groups compared with the last presidential campaign. But issue priorities among all religious groups have changed with possible implications in November.

Religion Oct. 2, 2008

Will the Culture War Matter on Election Day?

Leading experts discuss the history of cultural divisions in American politics and what role, if any, they will play in the outcome of the November election.

U.S. Politics Oct. 1, 2008

Obama Boosts Leadership Image and Gains Significant Lead Over McCain

The Illinois senator, helped by the debate, has been able to erase concerns about his ability to lead, to widen his advantage on economic issues and to move to a significant lead in swing states. There has been a broad-based decline in the number of voters who view Palin as qualified to become president.

U.S. Politics Sep. 25, 2008

The Candidates: In a Word

View “word clouds” of voters’ impressions of the candidates based on one-word descriptions from a recent Pew survey.

U.S. Politics Sep. 25, 2008

Uncertain Times

In every recent election the public has accurately picked the winner by this time in the cycle. But not this year.

U.S. Politics Sep. 23, 2008

Cell Phones and the 2008 Vote: An Update

As in two preceding tests, a new survey shows that including cell phone interviews results in slightly more support for Obama and slightly less for McCain.

Media & News Sep. 23, 2008

Financial Fallout Pops Palin Media Bubble, Drives Campaign Coverage

Wall Street’s meltdown raised the possibility that the economy may become the decisive factor in the November election.

Media & News Sep. 22, 2008

How the Media Has Handled Palin’s Faith

Coverage of her religious background and beliefs has often been a peripheral element in the story.

U.S. Politics Sep. 18, 2008

McCain Gains on Issues, But Stalls as Candidate of Change

The race remains close as enthusiasm for McCain increases among GOP base. Somewhat more swing voters (46%) say their greater concern is that McCain will govern too much like President Bush, rather than that Obama lacks experience (37%).

Media & News Sep. 16, 2008

Palin Comparison: Half of Campaign Storylines Revolve around GOP VP

For the second week in a row, the GOP vice presidential hopeful got more coverage than the man atop the ticket, John McCain. Yet this measure does not fully convey the Palin-centric nature of the news coverage.