Internet & Tech Sep. 4, 2012

Social Media’s Influence on Politics

Campaign and policy-related material on social networking sites plays a modest role in influencing most users’ views and political activities. Democrats and liberals are the most likely to say the sites have impact and are important and the politically engaged stand out in their use of the sites

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 Jun. 12, 2012

Economy, Election Are Public’s Top Stories

The public continued to track news about the economy and the presidential election, while paying less attention to another important political story – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s victory in a hard-fought recall election.

U.S. Politics May. 31, 2012

Presidential Campaign Public’s Top Story

Americans continued to follow news about the presidential campaign more closely than any other news last week, though they also closely followed news about the price of gasoline.

U.S. Politics May. 22, 2012

Presidential Campaign Tops Public’s News Interest

Americans focused most closely last week on news about the presidential election, as the race increasingly shifted from the Republican primary contest to the head-to-head fight between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Media & News Apr. 23, 2012

How the Media Covered the 2012 Primary Campaign

Mitt Romney needed 15 weeks once the primary contests began to gain a secure hold over his party’s nomination for president. But he emerged as the conclusive winner in the media narrative about the race six weeks earlier following a narrow win in his native state, Michigan.

Pew Research Center Feb. 27, 2012

Romney’s Storyline Improved, Santorum’s Became More Mixed on Eve of Arizona, Michigan

The frontrunners’ fortunes in the media changed significantly last week as Mitt Romney rebounded from very negative coverage the previous week and Rick Santorum saw his narrative turn decidedly less positive. Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich continues to suffer from both unflattering coverage and little of it.

U.S. Politics Feb. 7, 2012

Cable Leads the Pack as Campaign News Source

Cable news is now the top regular source for campaign news. The long-term decline in the number of Americans getting campaign news from local and network TV news, and local newspapers, steepened this year. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are used for campaign news by a relatively limited audience.

Media & News Jan. 24, 2012

Gingrich and Romney Both Face Mixed Portrayal

As Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney took their battle for the Republican presidential nomination to Florida for its Jan. 31 primary, both of them arrive in the state with portrayals in the news media that are almost equally mixed

Media & News Jan. 19, 2012

Economy Fades as Election Intensifies

The weakening economy was the most-covered news story in 2011, but it has now been overtaken by coverage of the presidential campaign.