U.S. Politics Oct. 30, 2008

Palin Fatigue Now Rivals Obama Fatigue

Sarah Palin’s new wardrobe caught the public’s eye but media coverage focused far more on the presidential candidates. Still, more Americans say they’ve been hearing too much about Palin than say they’ve heard too much about Obama.

U.S. Politics Oct. 22, 2008

Most Voters Say News Media Wants Obama to Win

By a margin of 70%-9%, voters say most journalists want to see Obama, not McCain, win on Nov. 4. Since 1992, voters have consistently believed the media favor the Democratic candidate, but this year’s margin is especially wide.

U.S. Politics Oct. 16, 2008

Campaign Seen As Increasingly Negative

The campaign received more media coverage than the financial crisis for the first time in a month, but nearly two-thirds of Americans (63%) list either economic conditions or the stock market drop as the single news story they followed more closely than any other last week.

U.S. Politics Oct. 15, 2008

Who Knows News? What You Read or View Matters, but Not Your Politics

Where you turn for news may say a lot about how much you actually know. So who scores higher on a political knowledge quiz? Hardball or Hannity & Colmes? Newspapers or network news? Stewart or Colbert?

U.S. Politics Oct. 9, 2008

Beat the Press: Many Say Press has Been Too Tough on Sarah Palin

While strong majorities feel the press has been fair to John McCain, Barack Obama and Joe Biden, as many people say the press has been too tough on the governor of Alaska (38%) as say it has been fair (38%). Republicans overwhelmingly believe the press has been too hard on Palin (63%).

U.S. Politics Oct. 1, 2008

Interest in Economic News Surges

Attention to news about the economy skyrocketed last week, with 70% of Americans following developments very closely, up from 56% the previous week. Interest in the campaign also saw a new high for the cycle, and more Americans (64%) say they are very likely to watch the VP debate than said so about last week’s presidential debate (58%).

U.S. Politics Sep. 25, 2008

McCain’s Image Falls as Economic Worries Rise; Public Awaits Debate

Independents’ views of McCain have become significantly less favorable in the last few days, but they still expect him to win the coming foreign policy debate.

U.S. Politics Sep. 18, 2008

Views of Palin Fluid as Spotlight Remains on GOP Ticket

Sarah Palin continued to be a dominant factor in presidential campaign coverage last week, but her impact on the race remains unclear and her public image is very much in flux.

U.S. Politics Sep. 10, 2008

McCain’s Image Improves – With Big Assist From Palin

While the GOP ticket leader’s speech received only modest reviews, his running mate’s address was viewed as the highlight of the Republican convention and helped boost McCain’s public image overall. However, many in the public still question Palin’s qualifications.

U.S. Politics Sep. 3, 2008

After Busy Week, Views of Both Candidates Improve

As attention to the campaign increased substantially last week, the images of both Barack Obama and John McCain improved. Reviews of Obama’s acceptance speech were overwhelmingly positive. Among those who could rate it, nearly half (48%) rated the speech excellent and another 36% rated it good.