GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry has received the most positive news coverage; while presidential contender Herman Cain has surged since his Florida Straw Poll victory; and Romney has received balanced coverage. Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin also enjoyed more positive reports, with good assessments of Palin outweighing poor assessments 3:2.
The study, which looked at stories from 1,500 news outlets from the past 23 weeks, found that negative assessments of President Obama outweighed positive assessments by almost 4:1. The stories, which largely focused on the economic crisis, brought him the second-highest level of negative press, as well as the lowest amount of positive press. This means that, overall, his net coverage is the most negative of any candidate. That’s a very steep drop from the early days of Obama’s presidency, when Pew found him receiving 42 percent positive coverage.