U.S. PoliticsFebruary 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.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 24, 2008

Election-Year Economic Ratings Lowest Since ’92

Republicans and Democrats agree the economy should be a top priority for the president and Congress, but they differ more than ever on the importance of other domestic issues — such as global warming and health insurance for the uninsured.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 11, 2008

The Internet’s Broader Role in Campaign 2008

The internet is living up to its potential as a major source for news about the presidential races. Nearly a quarter of Americans say they regularly learn something about the campaign from the internet, almost double the percentage at a comparable point in 2004.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 7, 2007

The Courting of Iowa and New Hampshire: Many are Robo-Called but Fewer Are Listening

Voters, especially Democrats, in two early primary states are being inundated with phone calls, mail and other campaign contacts; but so far there are few signs of campaign fatigue.

Media & NewsSeptember 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. PoliticsJuly 26, 2007

Hillary Clinton Most Visible Presidential Candidate

Hillary Clinton leads all Democrats with 42% of the public saying they have heard the most about her in the news lately.

Media & NewsJuly 12, 2007

Are Candidate Web Sites Propaganda or News?

Through their official websites, the campaigns themselves are challenging the press as a destination for news.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 12, 2007

Campaign Internet Videos: “Sopranos” Spoof vs. “Obama Girl”

They originate on the internet, but more people are viewing them on TV than online.

U.S. PoliticsMay 2, 2007

The GOP’s Invisible Men

Heading into their first debate Thursday evening, what Republican candidates for the presidency need most is to gain visibility. The latest News Interest Index survey finds Clinton and Obama are far more visible, even to Republicans.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 5, 2007

Mega-donors Get Mixed Election Returns

A bevy of big donors poured some of their personal fortunes into last year’s gubernatorial, state legislative and ballot-measure contests. But the super-rich had a mixed record in their single-handed efforts to sway election outcomes. In some cases, the motives of wealthy donors even backfired against their candidates or causes.