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

Religion Jan. 23, 2012

Religion and the 2012 South Carolina Republican Primary

In his South Carolina Republican primary win, Newt Gingrich received strong support from born-again/evangelical Christians and from voters who said that it is important to them that a candidate shares their religious beliefs.

Hispanic Jan. 23, 2012

Latinos in the 2012 Election: Florida

Latinos now make up 13.1% of the Florida’s 11.2 million registered voters. Democrats account for 564,513 Latino registered voters while 452,619 Latino voters are Republicans.

Media & News Jan. 19, 2012

Economy Fades as Election Intensifies

The weakening economy was the most-covered news story in 2011, but it has now been overtaken by coverage of the presidential campaign.

U.S. Politics Jan. 18, 2012

Unpopular Nationally, Romney Holds Solid GOP Lead

Days ahead of the South Carolina primary, Mitt Romney maintains a substantial lead nationally in the race for the GOP nomination.

U.S. Politics Jan. 18, 2012

Campaign 2012: Too Negative, Too Long, Dull

Half of Americans say the presidential campaign has been too negative and 55% of the public describe the 2012 contest so far as dull. Nearly six-in-ten (57%) describe the campaign as dull.

U.S. Politics Jan. 18, 2012

Unpopular Nationally, Romney Holds Solid GOP Lead

Mitt Romney maintains a substantial lead nationally in the race for the GOP nomination. Yet his image among all voters has slipped since November and he runs no better in a general election matchup with Barack Obama than he did back then.

Media & News Jan. 18, 2012

Campaign 2012 and the Media

After winning the first two nominating contests, Mitt Romney is getting more negative news coverage heading into Saturday’s South Carolina primary than he has at any time so far in the GOP race, according to the first edition of an ongoing analysis of election news by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.