U.S. Politics Sep. 18, 2008

McCain Gains on Issues, But Stalls as Candidate of Change

The race remains close as enthusiasm for McCain increases among GOP base. Somewhat more swing voters (46%) say their greater concern is that McCain will govern too much like President Bush, rather than that Obama lacks experience (37%).

Media & News Sep. 16, 2008

Palin Comparison: Half of Campaign Storylines Revolve around GOP VP

For the second week in a row, the GOP vice presidential hopeful got more coverage than the man atop the ticket, John McCain. Yet this measure does not fully convey the Palin-centric nature of the news coverage.

Media & News Sep. 15, 2008

JohnMcCain.com v. BarackObama.com

With roughly seven weeks left until Election Day, which candidate has the edge online, and how so? A new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism finds both campaigns’ official sites are now quite advanced.

Religion Sep. 12, 2008

Palin Nomination Puts Spotlight on Pentecostalism

From the time she was a teenager until 2002, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin attended a Pentecostal church , a denomination that emphasizes such practices as speaking in tongues, prophesying, divine healing and other miraculous signs of the Holy Spirit.

U.S. Politics Sep. 11, 2008

The Bounce Effect

There is little doubt that the fall campaign begins in earnest with McCain having gained the momentum. How good an indicator is this of where the electorate is headed on Nov. 4?

Media & News Sep. 9, 2008

Northern Exposure: Palin Dominates Campaign Coverage

For the first time since the general election campaign began, John McCain generated more coverage than Barack Obama. But he was still outshone by another newsmaker — his own running mate.

Media & News Sep. 3, 2008

Denver and Palin Fuel Biggest Campaign Week Yet

Campaign coverage filled 69% of the overall newshole last week, by far the most media attention the 2008 election has received since PEJ began tracking it in January 2007. The Democratic convention dominated news early, but McCain’s unexpected VP pick abruptly changed the subject. In just two days of tracking, Sarah Palin became the third biggest campaign story of the week.

Media & News Aug. 28, 2008

Convention Buzz: A Split Decision

An examination of political websites shows the Clinton team and the Obama team sharing equal billing in online chatter about the Democratic National Convention.

Media & News Aug. 26, 2008

It’s All Veepstakes All the Time

In a week that culminated with Senator Joe Biden’s selection as Barack Obama’s running mate, the veepstakes dominated the campaign narrative, shunting other storylines — particularly policy differences — to the sidelines.

U.S. Politics Aug. 25, 2008

Obama’s Challenge

As Democrats gather in Denver, many may be wondering why the presidential race has tightened. An analysis of polling data shows that that while voters are unhappy with the state of the nation and give low ratings to President Bush, the GOP base has started to solidify around McCain. Polling also finds that Obama’s extensive media coverage may be a mixed blessing.