A new study released by Pew found that President Obama is receiving more negative coverage than any individual GOP candidate for election entering 2012.
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.