U.S. Politics Feb. 21, 2008

Campaign Seen as Less Negative than 2004 Contest

The public remains highly engaged in the election, with no increase in campaign fatigue. Also, with the Democratic race still in question, a Gore endorsement would be more influential than one from Edwards.

Hispanic Feb. 21, 2008

The Hispanic Vote in the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primaries

As the Democratic nomination contest heads for a showdown in Texas on March 4, Latinos may be a pivotal constituency in a state where they make up a quarter of the electorate.

Media & News Feb. 20, 2008

Obama and Clinton Tie for Coverage, But Barack Wins on Tone

The media narrative for the Democratic presidential race shifted dramatically last week, anointing a definite frontrunner and an underdog.

U.S. Politics Feb. 13, 2008

Obama Inspiring but Inexperienced, Clinton Prepared to Lead but “Hard to Like”

While Democrats and independents who lean Democratic believe Clinton is prepared to lead, Obama has a clear lead on three positive campaign themes: inspiration, change, and honesty.

Media & News Feb. 12, 2008

Evolving Media Expectations Plaguing All Remaining Candidates

The presidential campaign again dominated news coverage but the journalistic narratives were not really the ones for which any of the remaining candidates were were probably hoping.

U.S. Politics Feb. 11, 2008

Young Voters in the 2008 Presidential Primaries

Beyond the vote, the exit polls point to interesting differences — and similarities — between younger and older Democratic voters.

U.S. Politics Feb. 8, 2008

Patterns of Distinction

Super Tuesday revealed distinct – and somewhat suprising — voting patterns across the nation that may shape the course ahead in the closely contested Democratic race.

Religion Feb. 8, 2008

Does McCain Need Evangelical Voters?

Sizeable numbers of white evangelical Protestants are already part of McCain’s coalition despite opposition from some religious conservatives. On the Democratic side, Clinton will need to mobilize black Protestants while Obama has not connected with Jewish voters.

Pew Research Center Feb. 7, 2008

Super Tuesday Results Suggest Race Card May Be A Joker in the Primary Deck

Race still plays a role in U.S. politics but it showed up in surprising ways in tallies from Democratic primary elections so far this year.

U.S. Politics Feb. 7, 2008

Many Democrats Say Media Tougher on Clinton than Obama

With campaign coverage dominating (including 76% of the cable newshole), nearly a third of Democrats say the press has been too tough on Clinton while more Republicans say the press has been too easy on McCain than the other candidates.