U.S. Politics Apr. 17, 2008

No Clear Advantage

Electability is an issue, and one that both Obama and Clinton are likely to use to woo the superdelegates. But our polling suggests that neither candidate has a demonstrable advantage to tout.

U.S. Politics Apr. 17, 2008

Less News is Good News for McCain

While McCain has been consistently less visible to the public, far more Americans say the news they have been hearing about him is generally positive than say the same about coverage of Obama or Clinton.

Media & News Apr. 15, 2008

McCain Doesn’t Get Most Exposure, But Can’t Be “Bitter” About Media

Renewed attention to Iraq benefited the GOP candidate, while Democrats seemed caught up in a game of gaffe ping-pong, with the media eagerly keeping score.

Religion Apr. 11, 2008

Religious Voters in Pennsylvania

Connections that Clinton, Obama and McCain make — or fail to make — with the state’s religious voters could have major consequences on April 22 and November 4.

Media & News Apr. 8, 2008

Clinton Punches, Obama Bowls, McCain Reminisces

Obama attracted the most coverage, McCain’s bio tour earned him headlines, but Clinton generated the clearest story line with her “Rocky” reference.

U.S. Politics Apr. 7, 2008

That’s What I Like About Me

Obama’s high favorable ratings are more influenced by how he makes voters feel than by specific characteristics they attributed to him. Clinton’s image, in contrast, is driven by opinions about her own qualities.

U.S. Politics Apr. 3, 2008

Robo-Calls Now Top Type Of Campaign Outreach

About two-in-five voters now say they have received a pre-recorded call about the campaign. Meanwhile, Democrats are far more engaged in campaign activities than are Republcians — including donating money to a candidate.

U.S. Politics Apr. 3, 2008

Clinton Controversy Heavily Covered but Obama Maintains Visibility Edge

While her Bosnia flap made Clinton the newsmaker of the week, she continues to lag behind Obama in terms of public visibility. Both candidates, despite recent negative news, have seen little change in their favorability.

Media & News Apr. 1, 2008

Clinton’s Turn in Bad News is Big News

In recent campaign media narratives, bad news is big news. Hillary Clinton’s oft-repeated story about encountering sniper fire in Bosnia made her last week’s top newsmaker.

Media & News Mar. 28, 2008

Talk Show Hosts Agree Obama Speech Was Boffo Theater but Some See the Script as Unconvincing

The usually fractious fraternity of talking heads agreed on one thing — Obama’s ability to put words together. They were less unanimous about the content.