September 20, 2012

Where the Public Stands on Government Assistance, Taxes and the Presidential Candidates

When the national conversation focuses on class, the social safety net and the distribution of wealth as it has in the past week, the public sees clear differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and Obama has an overall advantage.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 19, 2012

Obama Ahead with Stronger Support, Better Image and Lead on Most Issues

With an eight-point lead over Mitt Romney among likely voters, Barack Obama holds a bigger September lead than the last three candidates who went on to win in November, including Obama four years ago. In elections since 1988, only Bill Clinton, in 1992 and 1996, entered the fall with a larger advantage.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 17, 2012

Middle East Turmoil Closely Followed; Romney’s Comments Viewed Negatively

About four-in-ten Americans (43%) have followed news about the attacks on U.S. embassies in the Middle East and the killing of an American ambassador very closely. Those following have much more positive opinions about Barack Obama’s handling of the situation than Mitt Romney’s comments on the crisis.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 5, 2012

Joe Biden: One-Word Descriptions

Asked for their one-word impression of Joe Biden, more people use negative than positive words to describe the vice president. Many of the negative words disparage Biden’s competence and performance, according to a new Pew Research/Washington Post poll.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 5, 2012

Barack Obama: One-Word Descriptions

The public’s one-word descriptions for Obama reflect the mixed views of his presidency. The top positive words are good and trying, while the most frequently used negative descriptions are failure and incompetent.

U.S. PoliticsAugust 29, 2012

Paul Ryan: One-Word Descriptions

As Paul Ryan prepares to accept his nomination as the GOP’s vice presidential candidate, the American public has a mixed impression of him.

U.S. PoliticsAugust 29, 2012

Mitt Romney: One-Word Descriptions

Mitt Romney’s image has changed substantially as the American public has learned more about him, according to a new Pew Research/Washington Post poll.

Media & NewsAugust 23, 2012

The Master Character Narratives in Campaign 2012

The portrayal in the news media of the character and records of the two presidential contenders has been as negative as any campaign in recent times, and neither has enjoyed any advantage over the other. More of what the public hears about candidates also now comes from the campaigns themselves and less from journalists acting as independent reporters or interpreters of who the candidates are.

U.S. PoliticsAugust 21, 2012

Medicare Voucher Plan Remains Unpopular

A proposal to shift Medicare to a voucher system, part of a Paul Ryan plan approved by the House last year, remains unpopular. Both Ryan and Democrat Joe Biden get negative marks as vice presidential candidates.

ReligionAugust 13, 2012

Paul Ryan’s Religious Biography

Part of a series of profiles of the 2012 presidential candidates and their religious beliefs.