U.S. Politics Nov. 7, 2012

The 2012 Election In One Word

Asked for a single word that describes their reaction to Barack Obama’s victory, Obama voters say they are “relieved” and “happy.” Romney voters generally say they are “disappointed” or “sad” about the election outcome. These reactions to the election are based on data from the Pew Research Center and Google.

Religion Nov. 7, 2012

How the Faithful Voted: 2012 Preliminary Analysis

Obama’s margin of victory was much smaller than in 2008 and he lost ground among white evangelical Protestants and white Catholics. But the basic religious contours of the 2012 electorate resemble recent elections.

Hispanic Nov. 7, 2012

Latinos Voted For President Obama By Two-to-One

Obama’s national vote share among Hispanic voters is the highest seen by a Democratic candidate since 1996. The Latino vote was an important building block for Obama’s win in key states, including Colorado, Nevada and Florida.

Pew Research Center Nov. 7, 2012

Pew Research Center’s Exit Poll Analysis on the 2012 Election

Pew Research Center analyzes the electorate, voter turnout and the issues that affected President Obama’s reelection win in 2012.

Internet & Tech Nov. 6, 2012

One-in-Five Registered Voters Talk About How They Voted on Social Media

Fully 22% of registered voters have told others how they voted on a social networking site, while 30% have been encouraged to vote for a candidate by family and friends and 20% have encouraged others to vote.

U.S. Politics Nov. 4, 2012

Obama Gains Edge in Campaign’s Final Days

Barack Obama has edged ahead of Mitt Romney in the final days of the presidential campaign. Obama holds a 48% to 45% lead among likely voters. The Pew Research Center’s final estimate of the national popular vote is Obama 50% and Romney 47%, when the undecided vote is allocated between the two candidates.

Media & News Nov. 2, 2012

News Coverage for Both Candidates More Negative

Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have received more negative news coverage than positive in the general election, but coverage shifted markedly when the debates began. Obama fared much better in September, while Romney had the edge in October, according to a new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Internet & Tech Nov. 2, 2012

Over Half of Registered Voters Have Watched Political Videos Online

Some 66% of registered voters who use the internet—55% of all registered voters—have gone online this election season to watch videos related to the election campaign or political issues.

U.S. Politics Nov. 1, 2012

Nonvoters: Who They Are, What They Think

A sizable minority of adults choose not to vote or are unable to vote. They will affect the outcome of the presidential election by their absence. Who are they?

U.S. Politics Oct. 31, 2012

In Deadlocked Race, Neither Side Has Ground Advantage

Just as the presidential race is deadlocked, the candidates are running about even when it comes to the ground game. Voters report being contacted at about the same rates by each campaign. And neither candidate has a clear advantage among early voters.