Issues

Chart shows percentage of statements about the economy in election media coverage over time. Monthly BLS job report releases indicated by dates. Time frame is April 1-October 30.

The Role of the Economy in This Year’s Election Coverage

The economy has been the overarching issue of this year’s election cycle. Mitt Romney has attacked Obama for not being able to improve the economy more quickly, and Obama has…

Chart shows coverage breakdown by percentage of total election coverage of Debates, Economy, Horse Race, and Strategy. Time frame is Oct 1-28.

Last Lap Conversation Topics: Horse Race, Strategy & Economy

As the month of October has come and gone, the coverage of the election has shifted. Starting in early October, topical discussion of the Debates was at the forefront of…

Chart shows percentage of statements in election coverage from Barack Obama and Mitt Romney broken out by topic. Time frame is October 22-25.

Analysis of the Final Presidential Debate

In the final Presidential debate held last Monday, the theme was foreign policy. However, campaign issues (strategy, general debate recap, horse race status, etc) made up 29% of the coverage…

Chart shows the breakdown of election coverage by topic in the two days following the first Presidential debate. Time frame is October 4-5.

Follow Up Coverage of First Debate Focused on Theatrics

In the two days of coverage following the first debate between Obama and Romney, media coverage was focused on the debate in terms of the theatrics of the candidates instead…

Chart shows percentage of statements about Horse Race (polling, chances of winning, etc) in election coverage broken out by sentiment. Time frame is September 15-30.

Horse Race Coverage Favorable to Obama Heading into Debates

Following the conventions, discussion of Horse Race (polling, chances of winning, state-by-state analysis), increased. In the second half of September, Obama received significant positive coverage in relation to Horse Race…

Chart shows break down of election coverage by topic. Time frame is September 9-26.

A Look At Top Election Issues Before and After Conventions

After a summer of hollow election coverage, post-convention coverage has seen policy issues beginning to make their way onto the landscape. Political analysts and pundits are also talking about the…

Chart shows percentage of statements from third-party newsmakers out of total election coverage about Obama and Romney, showing break down of sentiment of those statements within each bar. Statements not about Obama or Romney not shown on chart. Time frame is September 16-22.

Romney’s Rough Week

Last week, the “47% video” caused major negative attention to shift onto Romney, his stance on entitlements, and his character. Following Mother Jones’ leak of Romney’s “47% video” last Monday,…

Chart shows percentage of statements from Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on Foreign Policy broken out by sentiment. Time frame is August 20-November 17.

The Foreign Policy Game

Obama and Romney have gone negative on Foreign Policy in the past month of election coverage. From third-party newsmakers, Romney has received significant negativity while Obama has gotten some positive…

Chart shows percentage of statements about different issues in election coverage. Only top 5 topics shown. Time frame is August 18 – September 14.

Major Issue Shifts from Pre and Post Convention Coverage

The major topics of election coverage shifted in quantity of coverage from before, during, and after the conventions. Entitlements were of high focus going into the RNC, while Foreign Policy…

Chart shows percentage of statements from the Romney campaign broken out by topic and sentiment. Time frame is August 27-31.

GOP Convention Focused on Character

Statements from Romney and his campaign staff during the RNC, which includes both amplifications of speeches and other statements, were heavily focused on Candidate Character. Over one-third (34.4%) of statements…

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