Media & News Oct. 28, 2008

Swing States Sway Campaign Media

In the final days of the race for president, seemingly nothing but the algebra of the electoral map appears to have staying power.

U.S. Politics Oct. 23, 2008

Liberal Democrats Top Conservative Republicans in Donations, Activism

With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, voters remain riveted to the presidential campaign. But liberal Democrats are engaging in far more activism than other partisan and ideological groups.

Media & News Oct. 22, 2008

Canvassing Campaign Media: An Analysis of Time, Tone and Topics

Coverage of the presidential race has not so much cast Obama in a favorable light as it has portrayed McCain in a substantially negative one, according to a new study of the media.

Media & News Oct. 21, 2008

Polls and Plumbers Drive Narrative

Campaign coverage increasingly focused on tactics — including McCain’s invocation of an Ohio plumber to represent the working man – as well as fights in battleground states and the parade of polls.

U.S. Politics Oct. 21, 2008

Doubts Grow About McCain’s Judgment, Age and Campaign

Obama is inspiring more confidence on several key issues, including Iraq and terrorism, than he did before the debates, and his margin over McCain as the candidate best able to improve economic conditions has grown.

Media & News Oct. 15, 2008

Campaign Tactics and Tone Trump Economy in Media Narratives

For the first time in a month, the election generated more coverage than the financial crisis and almost one-third of that coverage was connected to the increasingly harsh tone of the campaign.

Media & News Oct. 7, 2008

Did Campaign Coverage Move off the Economy? You Betcha!

Though the economic crisis dominated general news coverage, the vice presidential debate drove the campaign narrative as Sarah Palin received the most attention of the four candidates.

U.S. Politics Oct. 6, 2008

Post-Debate: Palin Still Seen as Unqualified, a Bump for Biden

Impressions of Sarah Palin have changed little since her debate with Joe Biden according to a special re-interview of voters this weekend, but opinions of Joe Biden rose substantially.

U.S. Politics Oct. 4, 2008

A Word about Debate Impressions

View “word clouds” of voters’ impressions of the performances of John McCain and Barack Obama in their first presidential debate based on one-word descriptions from a recent Pew survey.

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.