Media & NewsApril 20, 2010

Hiding in Plain Sight: Kennedy to Brown

A new media analysis finds that after months of little interest, polling, not reporting, was the focus of intense press coverage in the race to succeed Sen. Kennedy.

U.S. PoliticsJune 24, 2009

Who’s Your Favorite Republican?

While Sarah Palin is a GOP favorite, it is Mitt Romney who now enjoys a positive balance of opinion among the general public. Newt Gingrich remains a divisive figure and Michale Steele is still mostly unknown.

HispanicJanuary 15, 2009

Hispanics and the New Administration: Immigration Slips as a Priority

Latinos, who heavily supported Obama in the November election, rate such issues as the economy, health care and education as the more important issues facing the country. Hispanics were more likely to be first time voters than the general public.

U.S. PoliticsDecember 8, 2008

Some Final Thoughts on Campaign ’08

A wrap-up of possibly overlooked polling trends and end-of-campaign happenings.

U.S. PoliticsNovember 13, 2008

Post-Election Perspectives

In remarks at a dinner at the Newseum hosted by the Roper Center, Pew Research Center President Andrew Kohut analyzed the voter preferences revealed in exit and post-election polls and their implications for the incoming administration.

U.S. PoliticsNovember 5, 2008

Inside Obama’s Sweeping Victory

Barack Obama captured the White House on the strength of a substantial electoral shift toward the Democratic Party and by winning a number of key groups in the middle of the electorate. In particular, the overwhelming backing of younger voters was a critical factor in Obama’s victory, according to an analysis of National Election Pool exit poll data.

U.S. PoliticsNovember 2, 2008

Obama Leads McCain 52% to 46% in Campaign’s Final Days

The Pew Research Center’s final pre-election poll of 2,587 likely voters finds 49% supporting or leaning to Obama, 42% for McCain; 2% for minor party candidates and 7% undecided. When the undecided vote is allocated, Obama holds a 52% to 46% lead over McCain. The survey was conducted from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 31, 2008

Democrats Post Gains in Affiliation Across Age Cohorts

The proportion of voters identifying with the Democratic Party has grown significantly since the 2004 election, and the shift has been particularly dramatic among younger voters.

ReligionOctober 30, 2008

Will Obama Win the White Catholic Vote?

White Catholics have traditionally been swing voters but their recent apparent shift from support for McCain to Obama was both sharp and swift. What explains it?

HispanicOctober 29, 2008

Among Florida’s Hispanics, Voter Registration Swings Democratic

Unlike in the rest of the country, the Latino vote in the Sunshine State has tended to be heavily Republican; but changing politics and demographics have produced a substantial shift in electoral rolls.