Media & NewsOctober 5, 2010

For the Media, it’s the Elections, Stupid

The midterms were a quarter of the newshole last week, and have been the third most covered story of the year, behind only the economy and the Gulf oil spill.

Media & NewsSeptember 28, 2010

Midterms Already Edging Out the Economy on Media Agenda

The midterms dominated the news agenda for the second week in a row. The elections have been the top story for the last two months (edging out the economy), and attention will only grow as November nears.

Media & NewsSeptember 21, 2010

Midterms Top News Agenda

Christine O’Donnell, the week’s leading newsmaker, fueled the biggest week yet for coverage of the midterms. The elections were the top story in all five of the media sectors studied.

Media & NewsAugust 17, 2010

Campaign Coverage Heats Up

The midterm elections led the news last week. For the first time since the crisis began in late April the Gulf oil spill was not among the top three topics reported on in the media.

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.

Internet & TechApril 15, 2009

The Internet’s Role in Campaign 2008

Three-quarters (74%) of internet users went online during the 2008 election to take part in, or get news and information about the 2008 campaign. This represents 55% of the entire U.S. adult population.

U.S. PoliticsNovember 13, 2008

High Marks for Campaign, High Bar for Obama

A week after the election, voters are feeling good about themselves, the presidential campaign and Barack Obama. Looking ahead, they have high expectations for the Obama administration, with two-thirds predicting that he will have a successful first term.

Media & NewsNovember 11, 2008

Media Moment: History, Trends and Transition Dominate News Coverage

When the campaign was finally over, the media almost immediately viewed Barack Obama’s victory as a transformational event, and a subject that had been in some ways taboo moved front and center – race.

U.S. PoliticsNovember 6, 2008

Election Weekend News Interest Hits 20-Year High

Fully 60% of voters followed campaign news very closely this weekend, the highest level of interest on the eve of an election since the Pew Research Center began tracking campaign news interest in 1988. Throughout the campaign, Americans said they were hearing more about Obama than about McCain, although analysis shows news coverage became closely balanced between the two candidates.

Media & NewsNovember 4, 2008

Strategy Session: Media Focused on Polls and Maps in Final Week

If ever there is a time when campaigns are horse races, it is in the final days, and coverage was indeed largely about the contest itself.