In this study, the researchers looked at media coverage of the rumor from June 1, 2008 through Election Day, November 4.
They examined coverage on seven major television networks – ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, NBC and PBS‘s News Hour with Jim Lehrer. They also examined coverage of the rumor in more than 25 newspapers around the country, including USA Today, the New York Times and the Washington Post.
The researchers employed a relatively new approach to determine how often Americans were using the Web to search for information about the rumor. They used Google Trends, a service of the online search company Google, which can be used to track how often particular search terms are entered into the search site.
Image by Getty Images via @daylifeSurging Republican Sean Bielat claims he’s closed within 10 points of U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, according to an internal poll, which the incumbent Democrat’s camp hotly disputed ahead of a rescue mission from former President Bill Clinton.
“I feel we have a lot of momentum,” Bielat told the Herald yesterday. “This is a historic year, and people are looking for change.”
More bad news for Democrats clinging to control of Congress: Independent voters are nearly as grumpy as Republicans about politics this year.
In an Associated Press-GfK Poll this month, 58 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans said politics is making them angry, compared with 31 percent of Democrats who said so. About 7 in 10 independents and Republicans were disgusted, compared with 4 in 10 Democrats, and independents and Republicans were likelier than Democrats to be disappointed, depressed and frustrated.
In the Special Election to fill the final 2 years of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s term, incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand and former Congressman Republican Joe DioGuardi today finish effectively even, Gillibrand’s nominal 1-point lead being within the survey’s theoretical margin of sampling error. Gillibrand leads in the 5 boroughs of NYC, trails elsewhere. Men vote Republican, women vote Democrat and, in this contest, cancel each other out. Lower-income voters break significantly Democrat. Middle-income and upper-income voters break slightly Republican.
The internal poll for [Andy] Barr surveyed 407 likely voters and showed [Ben] Chandler leading 49% to 42%. The survey, conducted by the Tarrance Group, had a margin of error of 4.9 points, CQ reported.
Whispers around Capitol Hill are the Defense Authorization bill was never meant to pass. Tuesday’s cloture vote in the Senate on the annual Pentagon budget went down in a 56 – 43 vote. The two Arkansas Democrats Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor both crossed party lines and voted with Republicans. Senate majority leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat voted no, so the vote could be brought up again at a later time.
“This is clearly payback for Senator Lincoln’s unwavering support for President Obama’s big-spending, job-killing agenda. Boomerang Blanche delivered the crucial 60th vote on Obamacare and now they are delivering crucial funding for her campaign. The question Arkansas voters are wondering: Why are you afraid to have the president and vice president come to Arkansas? Blanche Lincoln must know the Obama-Biden team is just as unpopular and out-of-touch with Arkansans as she is.”
Mike Kelly 44
Kathy Dahlkemper 38