U.S. Politics Dec. 7, 2007

The Courting of Iowa and New Hampshire: Many are Robo-Called but Fewer Are Listening

Voters, especially Democrats, in two early primary states are being inundated with phone calls, mail and other campaign contacts; but so far there are few signs of campaign fatigue.

Pew Research Center Nov. 29, 2007

Immigration Takes Center Stage at GOP YouTube Debate

In a format the public says it prefers — “regular people,” not journalists, posing the questions — immigration emerged as the hot-button issue. Were the candidates’ answers in sync with GOP voters’ opinions?

Media & News Sep. 4, 2007

Fred Thompson’s Online Campaign Is in Full Swing

When he formally enters the 2008 race this week, former Sen. Fred Thompson can behave in all ways like a presidential candidate. But on his “testing the waters” website, I’mwithFred.com, he’s already been busy reaching out to supporters.

Pew Research Center Jul. 24, 2007

Uploading Democracy: Candidates Field YouTube Questions

Tuesday night’s Democratic debate was widely anticipated for its groundbreaking format. Candidates took on a host of issues asked by citizens via YouTube videos; what follows is an analysis of the format and major themes of the debate as compared with public opinion data.

U.S. Politics Jul. 12, 2007

Campaign Internet Videos: “Sopranos” Spoof vs. “Obama Girl”

They originate on the internet, but more people are viewing them on TV than online.

Media & News Jul. 12, 2007

Are Candidate Web Sites Propaganda or News?

Through their official websites, the campaigns themselves are challenging the press as a destination for news.

Internet & Tech Feb. 6, 2007

Election Newshounds Speak Up

If you ask political news consumers what they like most about their favorite platform for news, a vivid image of a typical TV, newspaper, and internet political news consumer will emerge from their own comments. All three media forms win praise from their primary fans for their convenience but the context for its definition varies.

Internet & Tech Jan. 17, 2007

Election 2006 Online

A new poll finds the number of Americans who got most of their information about the 2006 campaign on the internet doubled from the 2002 mid-term election, and many used the web to become politically involved.

Internet & Tech Dec. 20, 2006

There’s a Robot on the Line for You

Nearly two-thirds of registered voters (64%) received recorded telephone messages in the final stages of the 2006 mid-term election. These so-called “robo-calls” were the second most popular way for campaigns and political activists to reach voters, trailing only direct mail.

Media & News Nov. 27, 2006

How the Media Did on Election Night

If the mid-term election of 2006 marked a transition in American political life — the loss by the Republicans of both the House and the Senate — the campaign also marked a transition in the rapidly changing landscape of the news media covering it.