U.S. Politics Jun. 1, 2011

Top Reaction to GOP Field — “Unimpressed”

Overall, 44% offer negative words to describe the Republican candidates, 19% use neutral words and just 12% use positive words.

U.S. Politics May. 4, 2011

Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology

Political attitudes have become more doctrinaire at both ends of the ideological spectrum. Yet at the same time, the growing center of the political spectrum is increasingly diverse. As an in-depth guide to the political landscape, the 2011 Political Typology sorts Americans into cohesive groups based on their values, political beliefs and party affiliation.

Hispanic Apr. 26, 2011

The Latino Electorate in 2010: More Voters, More Non-Voters

More than 6.6 million Latinos voted in last year’s election — a record for a midterm. But Latino representation among the electorate remains below their representation in the general population. This gap is driven by two demographic factors: youth and non-citizenship.

Media & News Apr. 26, 2011

Trump Pushes the 2012 Race into the News

For the first time this year, the 2012 presidential race emerged as a big story, driven in large part by the week’s second leading newsmaker: Donald Trump.

U.S. Politics Mar. 23, 2011

Obama Tests Well at Start of Reelection Run

Nearly half of registered voters say they would like to see Barack Obama reelected, while 37% say they would prefer to see a Republican candidate win the 2012 election. As for who that candidate will be, the GOP has yet to coalesce behind a candidate, but Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee lead the pack at this early stage.

Internet & Tech Mar. 17, 2011

The Internet and Campaign 2010

More than half of U.S. adults used the internet for political purposes in the last cycle, far surpassing the 2006 midterm contest. They hold mixed views about the impact of the internet: It enables extremism, while helping the like-minded find each other. It provides diverse sources, but makes it harder to find truthful sources.

Internet & Tech Jan. 26, 2011

Twitter and Social Networking in the 2010 Midterm Elections

More than one-in-five online Americans engaged with the 2010 midterm elections or campaign on Twitter or social networking sites; Republicans — especially Tea Party supporters — caught up with Democrats in social media use.

U.S. Politics Jan. 4, 2011

Six Telling Findings from the Iowa Caucuses

The Iowa caucuses produced six small but significant indicators of the dynamics that drove the race.

Internet & Tech Dec. 28, 2010

Mobile Politics 2010

More than a quarter of American adults used their cell phones to learn about or participate in the 2010 midterm election campaign.

Pew Research Center Dec. 6, 2010

Should I take polls about the 2012 election seriously two years before the election?

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