Pew Research Center Nov. 6, 2008

A Roundup of State Ballot Measures

Gay marriage bans were among the most closely watched of the 153 measures on 36 states’ ballots this year, a list that included scores of politically explosive social and fiscal issues including abortion, doctor-assisted suicide and various efforts to roll back state taxes.

Religion Nov. 5, 2008

Voting Religiously

President-elect Barack Obama made a concerted effort to reach out to people of faith during the 2008 presidential campaign, and early exit polls show that this outreach may have paid off on Election Day.

U.S. Politics Nov. 5, 2008

Inside Obama’s Sweeping Victory

Barack Obama captured the White House on the strength of a substantial electoral shift toward the Democratic Party and by winning a number of key groups in the middle of the electorate. In particular, the overwhelming backing of younger voters was a critical factor in Obama’s victory, according to an analysis of National Election Pool exit poll data.

Hispanic Nov. 5, 2008

How Hispanics Voted in the 2008 Election

Hispanics voted for Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden over Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin by a margin of more than two-to-one according to an analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center of exit polls, with Latino youth supporting the Democratic ticket by an even wider margin.

Media & News Nov. 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.

U.S. Politics Nov. 2, 2008

Obama Leads McCain 52% to 46% in Campaign’s Final Days

The Pew Research Center’s final pre-election poll of 2,587 likely voters finds 49% supporting or leaning to Obama, 42% for McCain; 2% for minor party candidates and 7% undecided. When the undecided vote is allocated, Obama holds a 52% to 46% lead over McCain. The survey was conducted from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1.

U.S. Politics Oct. 30, 2008

The Element of Surprise

As recently as a month ago, this analyst and the American public itself were throwing up our hands and saying we can’t figure this one out — too many intangibles. No more.

U.S. Politics Oct. 30, 2008

Democrats Hold Party ID Edge Across Political Battleground

As shown in a series of charts, the Democratic Party now holds an advantage in several swing states, has increased its advantage in several “blue” states and cut into the GOP’s lead in some “red” states since the last presidential campaign.

Religion Oct. 30, 2008

Will Obama Win the White Catholic Vote?

White Catholics have traditionally been swing voters but their recent apparent shift from support for McCain to Obama was both sharp and swift. What explains it?

U.S. Politics Oct. 29, 2008

Exit Poll Preview

In an exclusive interview, Joe Lenski, co-founder and Executive Vice President of Edison Media Research discusses his organization’s plans for conducting exit polls on November 4, given this year’s special challenges.