U.S. PoliticsAugust 2, 2010

Earmarks Could Help Candidates in Midterms; Palin and Tea Party Connections Could Hurt

Across party lines, the public sees earmarking by their congressional candidates as more of an asset than a liability. Americans are divided on the value of Obama in November, while both Palin’s support and Tea Party affiliation are seen by more as negative than positive. On energy, public backs a wide range of goals and policies.

Pew Research CenterFebruary 9, 2009

From Candidate to President

One-word descriptions of President Obama have changed dramatically since he was a candidate.

ReligionNovember 20, 2008

How the Media Covered Religion

Religion played a much more significant role in press treatment of Obama than of McCain during the 2008 campaign, but much of the coverage related to false yet persistent rumors that Obama is a Muslim.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 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.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 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. PoliticsOctober 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.

ReligionOctober 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.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 1, 2008

Obama Boosts Leadership Image and Gains Significant Lead Over McCain

The Illinois senator, helped by the debate, has been able to erase concerns about his ability to lead, to widen his advantage on economic issues and to move to a significant lead in swing states. There has been a broad-based decline in the number of voters who view Palin as qualified to become president.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 25, 2008

The Candidates: In a Word

View “word clouds” of voters’ impressions of the candidates based on one-word descriptions from a recent Pew survey.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 18, 2008

McCain Gains on Issues, But Stalls as Candidate of Change

The race remains close as enthusiasm for McCain increases among GOP base. Somewhat more swing voters (46%) say their greater concern is that McCain will govern too much like President Bush, rather than that Obama lacks experience (37%).