Pew Research CenterNovember 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.

Pew Research CenterOctober 31, 2008

Internet Now Major Source of Campaign News

Television remains the dominant source, but the percent of people who say they get most of their campaign news from the internet has tripled since 2004.

Pew Research CenterOctober 29, 2008

The Color Of News: How Different Media Have Covered the General Election

When it comes to coverage of the campaign for president 2008, where one goes for news makes a difference, according to a new study.

Pew Research CenterOctober 28, 2008

Swing States Sway Campaign Media

In the final days of the race for president, seemingly nothing but the algebra of the electoral map appears to have staying power.

Pew Research CenterOctober 22, 2008

Canvassing Campaign Media: An Analysis of Time, Tone and Topics

Coverage of the presidential race has not so much cast Obama in a favorable light as it has portrayed McCain in a substantially negative one, according to a new study of the media.

Pew Research CenterOctober 21, 2008

Polls and Plumbers Drive Narrative

Campaign coverage increasingly focused on tactics — including McCain’s invocation of an Ohio plumber to represent the working man – as well as fights in battleground states and the parade of polls.

Pew Research CenterOctober 15, 2008

Campaign Tactics and Tone Trump Economy in Media Narratives

For the first time in a month, the election generated more coverage than the financial crisis and almost one-third of that coverage was connected to the increasingly harsh tone of the campaign.

Pew Research CenterOctober 10, 2008

Blaming the Messenger: A Continuum of Press Condemnation

From Jefferson to Palin, politicians of the left and right have blamed the media for public discontent with their policies, politics or personal behavior.

Pew Research CenterOctober 7, 2008

Did Campaign Coverage Move off the Economy? You Betcha!

Though the economic crisis dominated general news coverage, the vice presidential debate drove the campaign narrative as Sarah Palin received the most attention of the four candidates.

Pew Research CenterSeptember 30, 2008

Assessing the Debate: A Media/Public Disconnect?

Political pundits, seeing no knockout punch, scored a tie. But viewers awarded the win to Obama.