U.S. Politics Sep. 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. Politics Aug. 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. Politics Aug. 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 & News Aug. 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. Politics Aug. 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.

Religion Aug. 13, 2012

Paul Ryan’s Religious Biography

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

U.S. Politics Aug. 2, 2012

Romney’s Personal Image Remains Negative

By a 52% to 37% margin, more voters say they have an unfavorable than favorable view of Mitt Romney. Barack Obama’s image is, by comparison, more positive, though both face lower favorability ratings than most presidential candidates in recent elections. Obama continues to hold a sizable lead over Romney among registered voters, though his edge is narrower in battleground states

Religion Jul. 26, 2012

Little Voter Discomfort with Romney’s Mormon Religion

A new Pew Research Center poll finds that voters have limited awareness of Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith and Barack Obama’s religion. And there is little evidence to suggest that concerns about the candidates’ respective faiths will have a meaningful impact in the 2012 fall elections.

U.S. Politics Jul. 24, 2012

Most Say They Already Know Enough about the Candidates

With more than three months to go before Election Day, most voters already feel that there’s little left to learn about the presidential candidates.

U.S. Politics Jul. 12, 2012

Obama Holds Lead; Romney Trails on Most Issues

Despite the stagnant economy and broad dissatisfaction with national conditions, Barack Obama holds a significant lead over Mitt Romney. Obama is favored by a 50% to 43% margin among registered voters. Romney loses ground on issue of which candidate can best improve the economy.