Leading experts discuss the history of cultural divisions in American politics and what role, if any, they will play in the outcome of the November election.
The Illinois senator, helped by the debate, has been able to erase concerns about his ability to lead, to widen his advantage on economic issues and to move to a significant lead in swing states. There has been a broad-based decline in the number of voters who view Palin as qualified to become president.
View "word clouds" of voters' impressions of the candidates based on one-word descriptions from a recent Pew survey.
In every recent election the public has accurately picked the winner by this time in the cycle. But not this year.
As in two preceding tests, a new survey shows that including cell phone interviews results in slightly more support for Obama and slightly less for McCain.
Wall Street's meltdown raised the possibility that the economy may become the decisive factor in the November election.
Coverage of her religious background and beliefs has often been a peripheral element in the story.
The race remains close as enthusiasm for McCain increases among GOP base. Somewhat more swing voters (46%) say their greater concern is that McCain will govern too much like President Bush, rather than that Obama lacks experience (37%).
For the second week in a row, the GOP vice presidential hopeful got more coverage than the man atop the ticket, John McCain. Yet this measure does not fully convey the Palin-centric nature of the news coverage.
With roughly seven weeks left until Election Day, which candidate has the edge online, and how so? A new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism finds both campaigns' official sites are now quite advanced.