U.S. Politics Apr. 3, 2008

Clinton Controversy Heavily Covered but Obama Maintains Visibility Edge

While her Bosnia flap made Clinton the newsmaker of the week, she continues to lag behind Obama in terms of public visibility. Both candidates, despite recent negative news, have seen little change in their favorability.

Media & News Apr. 1, 2008

Clinton’s Turn in Bad News is Big News

In recent campaign media narratives, bad news is big news. Hillary Clinton’s oft-repeated story about encountering sniper fire in Bosnia made her last week’s top newsmaker.

Media & News Mar. 28, 2008

Talk Show Hosts Agree Obama Speech Was Boffo Theater but Some See the Script as Unconvincing

The usually fractious fraternity of talking heads agreed on one thing — Obama’s ability to put words together. They were less unanimous about the content.

U.S. Politics Mar. 27, 2008

Obama Speech on Race Arguably Biggest Event of Campaign

Fully 85% of Americans say they heard about Obama’s speech, and 70% have heard more about him in the last week than any other candidate. The impact of events on Obama’s image appears to be mixed.

U.S. Politics Mar. 27, 2008

Obama Weathers the Wright Storm, Clinton Faces Credibility Problem

Obama’s personal image remains more favorable than Clinton’s – and he retains a 10-point advantage over her in the race for the nomination. But certain beliefs and attitudes among older, white, working-class Democrats are associated with his lower levels of support among this group.

U.S. Politics Mar. 20, 2008

Fewer Voters Identify as Republicans

The balance of party identification in the U.S. electorate now favors the Democratic Party by a decidedly larger margin than in either of the two previous presidential election cycles including in some key swing states.

Media & News Mar. 18, 2008

Racial Tensions Roil Democrats’ Media Narrative

Maybe the good news for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama last week was that the problems of another Democrat — Eliot Spitzer — generated almost as much media attention as they did.

U.S. Politics Mar. 13, 2008

Rumors and Red Phones Capture The Public’s Political Attention

Americans are paying close attention to all aspects of the election this year, but the most widely recognized item involves rumors that Obama is a Muslim.

Pew Research Center Mar. 12, 2008

Presidential Calendar Boosts ’08 Govs’ Races

Voters in the Tar Heel and Hoosier states will be the first to consider gubernatorial contenders at the same time they make their presidential preferences.

Media & News Mar. 11, 2008

Clinton Gets Media to Turn Back the Clock

In a strong week for Hillary, the narrative turned on questions about Obama’s toughness.