U.S. Politics Sep. 20, 2007

The Oprah Factor in Campaign ’08

Do political endorsements matter? Generally they have little impact on voter preferences, but there’s no telling whether Oprah Winfrey can do for Obama what she has done for countless books and products.

Religion Sep. 17, 2007

Case the Candidates for ’08

The Pew Forum database covers presidential contenders’ positions on issues of special religious significance as well as their stands on other domestic and foreign policies.

Religion Sep. 6, 2007

Religion in Campaign ’08

Religion is not currently proving to be a clear-cut positive in the 2008 presidential race. Candidates viewed by voters as the least religious are the current frontrunners for the Democratic and Republican nominations – Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani, respectively. And the candidate seen as far and away the most religious – Mitt Romney – appears handicapped by this perception because of voter concerns about Mormonism.

Pew Research Center Sep. 6, 2007

“First of the Fall” GOP Debate

On Wednesday evening, eight Republican presidential candidates met in a debate at the University of New Hampshire. How did candidate views compare with public opinion on the topics discussed?

Media & News Sep. 4, 2007

Fred Thompson’s Online Campaign Is in Full Swing

When he formally enters the 2008 race this week, former Sen. Fred Thompson can behave in all ways like a presidential candidate. But on his “testing the waters” website, I’mwithFred.com, he’s already been busy reaching out to supporters.

U.S. Politics Aug. 30, 2007

Black Enthusiasm for Clinton and Obama Leaves Little Room for Edwards

The popularity of the two top contenders among key segments of the Democratic electorate may help explain why Edwards’s populist platform has not drawn wider support so far.

U.S. Politics Aug. 28, 2007

Michael Vick Case Draws Large Audience

The Atlanta Falcons quarterback’s legal troubles were last week’s most followed news. Opinions of media coverage of the story showed a sharp racial divide with blacks far more critical than whites.

U.S. Politics Aug. 23, 2007

A Study in Contrasts: Clinton and Guiliani

Sen. Hillary Clinton is by far the most popular presidential candidate among her own party’s voters, but among the general public, she has one of the lowest favorable ratings of the leading candidates. In sharp contrast, the front-running Republican candidate, Rudy Giuliani, evokes relatively modest enthusiasm from the GOP base, but is as broadly popular with all voters as any candidate in either party.

Religion Aug. 21, 2007

Religion and the Presidential Vote: A Tale of Two Gaps

An analysis of national exit polls from 2004 shows there is not one but two religion gaps — one based on religious affiliation and the other based on frequency of attendance at worship services. How did the gaps manifest themselves in the 2004 election and what are the possible implications for 2008?

Pew Research Center Aug. 20, 2007

Democrats Debate in Iowa

Sunday morning all eight Democratic candidates for president met at Drake University in Iowa. How did their views on issues ranging from Iraq to money in politics match up with public opinion data?