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Campaign 2012 in the Media

Use the tabs below to explore the tone and volume of news coverage and Twitter conversations about each candidate or read the story behind the numbers.

Apr 30, 2012 - May 6, 2012

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Gingrich 53%     15%
Paul 11     51
Romney 61     13
Obama 52     18

Apr 23, 2012 - Apr 29, 2012

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Gingrich 39%     21%
Paul 10     54
Romney 59     16
Obama 52     18

Apr 16, 2012 - Apr 22, 2012

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Gingrich 49%     25%
Paul 8     54
Romney 62     14
Obama 51     17

Apr 9, 2012 - Apr 15, 2012

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Gingrich 50%     17%
Paul 14     56
Romney 61     16
Santorum 56     10
Obama 53     16

Apr 2, 2012 - Apr 8, 2012

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Gingrich 51%     18%
Paul 17     46
Romney 52     20
Santorum 52     12
Obama 49     15

Mar 26, 2012 - Apr 1, 2012

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Gingrich 50%     16%
Paul 20     44
Romney 47     29
Santorum 50     18
Obama 51     12

Mar 19, 2012 - Mar 25, 2012

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Gingrich 38%     24%
Paul 15     48
Romney 45     34
Santorum 47     22
Obama 50     14

Mar 12, 2012 - Mar 18, 2012

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Gingrich 36%     21%
Paul 16     53
Romney 47     33
Santorum 55     20
Obama 54     15

Mar 5, 2012 - Mar 11, 2012

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Gingrich 39%     22%
Paul 19     56
Romney 50     30
Santorum 55     21
Obama 55     17

Feb 27, 2012 - Mar 4, 2012

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Gingrich 37%     23%
Paul 18     57
Romney 58     22
Santorum 58     18
Obama 55     19

Feb 20, 2012 - Feb 26, 2012

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Gingrich 51%     18%
Paul 21     56
Romney 60     16
Santorum 56     21
Obama 53     18

Feb 13, 2012 - Feb 19, 2012

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Gingrich 45%     19%
Paul 17     51
Romney 55     20
Santorum 46     27
Obama 50     19

Feb 6, 2012 - Feb 12, 2012

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Gingrich 49%     16%
Paul 22     53
Romney 48     23
Santorum 40     26
Obama 46     21

Jan 30, 2012 - Feb 5, 2012

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Gingrich 50%     21%
Paul 22     55
Romney 51     19
Santorum 42     23
Obama 40     21

Jan 23, 2012 - Jan 29, 2012

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Gingrich 43%     21%
Paul 25     54
Romney 52     17
Santorum 55     23
Obama 48     22

Jan 16, 2012 - Jan 22, 2012

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Gingrich 52%     19%
Huntsman 25     29
Paul 22     51
Perry 73     13
Romney 60     19
Santorum 58     22
Obama 46     18

Jan 9, 2012 - Jan 15, 2012

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Gingrich 46%     15%
Huntsman 22     27
Paul 23     52
Perry 63     18
Romney 51     25
Santorum 54     27
Obama 53     15

Jan 2, 2012 - Jan 8, 2012

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 74%     9%
Gingrich 50     13
Huntsman 21     33
Paul 33     52
Perry 70     16
Romney 57     19
Santorum 57     24
Obama 57     17

Dec 26, 2011 - Jan 1, 2012

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 44%     9%
Gingrich 28     28
Huntsman 13     21
Paul 16     51
Perry 52     21
Romney 43     15
Santorum 31     23
Obama 54     15

Dec 19, 2011 - Dec 25, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 44%     10%
Gingrich 26     29
Huntsman 13     20
Paul 15     53
Perry 56     27
Romney 37     14
Santorum 25     20
Obama 53     16

Dec 12, 2011 - Dec 18, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 70%     9%
Gingrich 41     23
Huntsman 23     35
Paul 28     51
Perry 67     18
Romney 51     16
Santorum 51     20
Obama 55     16

Dec 5, 2011 - Dec 11, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 65%     8%
Gingrich 37     26
Huntsman 20     33
Paul 17     55
Perry 63     19
Romney 51     15
Santorum 48     15
Obama 54     16

Nov 28, 2011 - Dec 4, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 66%     8%
Gingrich 36     27
Huntsman 19     31
Paul 15     53
Perry 61     19
Romney 44     14
Santorum 45     17
Obama 52     15

Nov 21, 2011 - Nov 27, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 65%     9%
Cain 44     30
Gingrich 29     30
Huntsman 24     35
Paul 24     53
Perry 67     14
Romney 47     16
Santorum 64     11
Obama 56     12

Nov 14, 2011 - Nov 20, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 60%     7%
Cain 44     26
Gingrich 28     30
Huntsman 21     35
Paul 7     55
Perry 58     14
Romney 43     17
Santorum 45     15
Obama 52     11

Nov 7, 2011 - Nov 13, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 67%     8%
Cain 46     32
Gingrich 30     29
Huntsman 27     35
Paul 19     56
Perry 70     11
Romney 53     16
Santorum 55     14
Obama 55     12

Oct 31, 2011 - Nov 6, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 52%     8%
Cain 44     29
Gingrich 19     34
Huntsman 17     26
Paul 8     59
Perry 52     13
Romney 46     15
Santorum 29     14
Obama 55     11

Oct 24, 2011 - Oct 30, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 51%     11%
Cain 32     34
Gingrich 20     27
Huntsman 20     25
Paul 7     62
Perry 57     13
Romney 42     17
Santorum 34     10
Obama 52     11

Oct 17, 2011 - Oct 23, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 73%     10%
Cain 32     35
Gingrich 44     22
Huntsman 27     29
Paul 19     56
Perry 60     14
Romney 47     18
Santorum 60     10
Obama 53     16

Oct 10, 2011 - Oct 16, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 64%     11%
Cain 25     38
Gingrich 41     20
Huntsman 29     26
Paul 12     61
Perry 55     15
Romney 34     20
Santorum 51     12
Obama 49     12

Oct 3, 2011 - Oct 9, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 55%     11%
Cain 26     37
Gingrich 35     23
Huntsman 28     28
Paul 8     64
Perry 55     15
Romney 30     18
Santorum 45     11
Obama 52     13

Sep 26, 2011 - Oct 2, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 56%     11%
Cain 23     38
Gingrich 31     25
Huntsman 25     25
Paul 9     59
Perry 49     17
Romney 27     20
Santorum 42     11
Obama 53     11

Sep 19, 2011 - Sep 25, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 67%     10%
Cain 25     46
Gingrich 42     22
Huntsman 31     28
Paul 13     60
Perry 55     17
Romney 40     20
Santorum 53     11
Obama 55     12

Sep 12, 2011 - Sep 18, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 65%     9%
Cain 27     42
Gingrich 59     17
Huntsman 29     31
Paul 17     56
Perry 55     17
Romney 39     20
Santorum 56     13
Obama 53     12

Sep 5, 2011 - Sep 11, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 67%     11%
Cain 26     39
Gingrich 51     17
Huntsman 30     31
Paul 18     56
Perry 59     15
Romney 38     17
Santorum 58     11
Obama 53     15

Aug 29, 2011 - Sep 4, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 57%     11%
Cain 28     40
Gingrich 37     17
Huntsman 19     30
Paul 9     60
Perry 50     16
Romney 23     19
Santorum 58     12
Obama 51     11

Aug 22, 2011 - Aug 28, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 54%     11%
Cain 26     36
Gingrich 38     17
Huntsman 26     29
Paul 9     57
Perry 50     16
Romney 24     19
Santorum 41     10
Obama 53     13

Aug 15, 2011 - Aug 21, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 62%     9%
Cain 27     40
Gingrich 35     21
Huntsman 24     30
Paul 9     60
Perry 52     16
Romney 27     19
Santorum 44     13
Obama 52     12

Aug 8, 2011 - Aug 14, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 67%     12%
Cain 27     39
Gingrich 53     17
Huntsman 30     31
Paul 19     57
Perry 54     16
Romney 43     21
Santorum 57     12
Obama 51     17

Aug 1, 2011 - Aug 7, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 63%     15%
Cain 25     40
Gingrich 70     13
Huntsman 19     26
Paul 14     46
Perry 55     16
Romney 38     21
Santorum 38     10
Obama 50     20

Jul 25, 2011 - Jul 31, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 59%     16%
Cain 28     34
Gingrich 51     10
Huntsman 19     27
Paul 12     49
Perry 46     18
Romney 39     24
Santorum 37     12
Obama 50     19

Jul 18, 2011 - Jul 24, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 63%     15%
Cain 24     37
Gingrich 55     11
Huntsman 23     29
Paul 12     48
Perry 46     17
Romney 35     25
Santorum 47     12
Obama 48     18

Jul 11, 2011 - Jul 17, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 61%     15%
Cain 25     36
Gingrich 57     12
Huntsman 20     26
Paul 12     48
Perry 51     16
Romney 36     24
Santorum 40     12
Obama 48     17

Jul 4, 2011 - Jul 10, 2011

  Negative     Positive
Percentage of statements
Bachmann 60%     17%
Cain 21     37
Gingrich 56     11
Huntsman 19     26
Paul 13     48
Perry 49     18
Romney 40     23
Santorum 39     10
Obama 47     18

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Coverage deemed 'neutral' is not shown. Positive, Negative, and neutral coverage total 100%.

Pew Research Center's Journalism Project, using Crimson Hexagon Technology.