Report | Oct 4, 2008
A Word about Debate Impressions

View "word clouds" of voters' impressions of the performances of John McCain and Barack Obama in their first presidential debate based on one-word descriptions from a recent Pew survey.

Transcript | Oct 2, 2008
Will the Culture War Matter on Election Day?

For much of the presidential campaign, it has appeared that moral values issues would play only a small role in the November election. Indeed, at various points both Barack Obama and John McCain shied away from talking about abortion, same-sex marriage and other “culture war” issues. But the selection of Sarah Palin as the Republican […]

Report | Oct 1, 2008
Obama Boosts Leadership Image and Regains Lead Over McCain

Overview Barack Obama has achieved a significant lead over John McCain in the days following the first presidential debate. Pew’s new survey conducted Sept. 27-29 finds that Obama has moved to a 49% to 42% advantage among registered voters. The race was virtually even in mid-September and early August. Obama had not led McCain by […]

Transcript | Sep 30, 2008
Candidate Preferences of Religious Voters Similar to 2004, But Economy a Higher Priority

A recently published national survey finds remarkable stability in the candidate preferences of major religious groups when compared with those at a similar stage in the 2004 campaign. The survey was conducted in the summer of 2008 by the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron and headed by John […]

Report | Sep 25, 2008
Uncertain Times

In every recent election the public has accurately picked the winner by this time in the cycle. But not this year.

Report | Sep 25, 2008
The Candidates: In a Word

View "word clouds" of voters' impressions of the candidates based on one-word descriptions from a recent Pew survey.

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