Pew Research Center Mar. 5, 2008

Tracking the Race Factor

This week’s primaries show that, results in Wisconsin aside, pre-primary polls may either over- or underestimate support for Obama depending on state racial demographics.

Media & News Mar. 4, 2008

Combative Clinton Gets Media to Cover Itself

by Mark Jurkowitz, Associate Director, Project for Excellence in Journalism If Hillary Clinton last week wanted to work the refs — or argue with the press to generate more skeptical coverage of Barack Obama and maybe change the subject from her own problems — the evidence suggests it worked. One of the more memorable moments […]

U.S. Politics Mar. 3, 2008

Getting to Know Them

If they turn out to be their party’s nominees, both Barack Obama and John McCain need to educate voters about themselves in some pretty basic, and challenging, ways.

U.S. Politics Feb. 28, 2008

Obama Has the Lead, but Potential Problems Too

Obama has moved out to a broad-based advantage over Clinton in the national Democratic primary contest. Public attitudes about the war in Iraq have turned more positive, a favorable development for McCain.

U.S. Politics Feb. 27, 2008

NY Times’ McCain Story Draws Public Interest – And Disapproval

By a nearly two-to-one margin those familiar with the Times’ article on the Arizona senator’s ties to a lobbyist think the paper was wrong to publish it.

Media & News Feb. 26, 2008

Democrats Dominate Media on Single Theme: Is Clinton Done?

While Obama’s apparent frontrunner status claimed most coverage early in the week, the controversial New York Times story put McCain back in the news.

U.S. Politics Feb. 25, 2008

In November, Will Age Matter?

John McCain’s age has remained notably absent as a campaign issue, but earlier polling data suggest it could become a big issue for the Arizona senator come November.

Hispanic Feb. 21, 2008

The Hispanic Vote in the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primaries

As the Democratic nomination contest heads for a showdown in Texas on March 4, Latinos may be a pivotal constituency in a state where they make up a quarter of the electorate.

U.S. Politics Feb. 21, 2008

Campaign Seen as Less Negative than 2004 Contest

The public remains highly engaged in the election, with no increase in campaign fatigue. Also, with the Democratic race still in question, a Gore endorsement would be more influential than one from Edwards.

Media & News Feb. 20, 2008

Obama and Clinton Tie for Coverage, But Barack Wins on Tone

The media narrative for the Democratic presidential race shifted dramatically last week, anointing a definite frontrunner and an underdog.