Religion Feb. 29, 2012

Religion and the 2012 Republican Primaries: Arizona and Michigan

The vote in the GOP presidential primaries in Michigan and Arizona continued a pattern where Mitt Romney’s support was weaker among born-again/evangelical voters than among non-evangelicals while Rick Santorum received his strongest support from evangelicals.

Pew Research Center Feb. 27, 2012

Romney’s Storyline Improved, Santorum’s Became More Mixed on Eve of Arizona, Michigan

The frontrunners’ fortunes in the media changed significantly last week as Mitt Romney rebounded from very negative coverage the previous week and Rick Santorum saw his narrative turn decidedly less positive. Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich continues to suffer from both unflattering coverage and little of it.

Pew Research Center Feb. 21, 2012

The Forces at Work in the 2012 Elections

Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, answers questions about the 2012 presidential campaign so far and some of the trends that will shape this year’s congressional elections.

U.S. Politics Feb. 13, 2012

Santorum Catches Romney in GOP Race

Rick Santorum’s has pulled into a virtual tie with Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in polling conducted Feb. 8-12. Barack Obama holds sizable leads over Santorum, Romney and Newt Gingrich in general election matchups.

U.S. Politics Feb. 7, 2012

Cable Leads the Pack as Campaign News Source

Cable news is now the top regular source for campaign news. The long-term decline in the number of Americans getting campaign news from local and network TV news, and local newspapers, steepened this year. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are used for campaign news by a relatively limited audience.

Religion Feb. 6, 2012

Religion and the 2012 Nevada Republican Caucuses

Romney’s win included overwhelming support from Mormons and strong support from Catholic voters. He also won among white born-again/evangelical Protestants, though his support from that group continues to be somewhat more tepid than among non-evangelicals.

Religion Feb. 1, 2012

Religion and the 2012 Florida Republican Primary

In his commanding win in the 2012 Florida Republican primary, Mitt Romney received strong support from Catholics and from voters who do not describe themselves as white born-again/evangelical Christians, according to results from the National Election Pool exit poll.

U.S. Politics Jan. 31, 2012

Primary Fight and Obama Speech Top News Interest

In the days before Tuesday’s hard-fought Florida primary and just after the president’s State of the Union address, political stories topped the public’s news interest.

U.S. Politics Jan. 30, 2012

GOP Voters Continue to Give Field Subpar Ratings

Republicans remain unimpressed with their party’s presidential field. More than half (52%) rate the candidates as only fair or poor. More voters also say Barack Obama understands the problems of average Americans than say so about Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich.

Media & News Jan. 24, 2012

Gingrich and Romney Both Face Mixed Portrayal

As Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney took their battle for the Republican presidential nomination to Florida for its Jan. 31 primary, both of them arrive in the state with portrayals in the news media that are almost equally mixed