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Generational Politics, Mobile Devices and Apps, News Indexes

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November 3, 2011

Generational Politics Gap

The Generation Gap and the 2012 Election
In recent national elections, generation has mattered more than it has in decades. Younger people have voted substantially more Democratic in each election since 2004, while older voters have cast more ballots for Republican candidates in each election since 2006. This continues to be true as voters look ahead toward the 2012 general election. Millennial voters are inclined to back President Barack Obama by a wide margin in a potential matchup against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, while Silent generation voters are solidly behind Romney. Baby Boomers and Generation X voters, who are the most anxious about the uncertain economic times, are on the fence about a second term for Obama. Read more

Technology

Half of Adult Cell Phone Owners Have Apps on Their Phones
The share of adult cell phone owners who have downloaded an app to their phone nearly doubled in the past two years - rising from 22% in September 2009 to 38% in August 2011. A new survey explores what types of apps people are downloading, mobile app use on tablets and the willingness of users to pay for apps. Read more

News Indexes

Economy Reemerges as Top Story
The economy accounted for 25% of the newshole last week, marking its highest level of coverage in almost two months. President Obama’s plan to make it easier to refinance mortgages and the Occupy Wall Street story accounted for almost 40% of all the economic coverage. Read more

European Debt Crisis, Libya Rank Low in News Interest
A combination of intertwined economic and political stories topped the public’s news interest last week. Many fewer Americans said the European debt crisis or the unfolding events in Libya was their top story. Read more

The Presidential Campaign Heats Up Online
The 2012 presidential election was the No. 2 story on blogs and No. 4 on Twitter last week. Many bloggers voiced their displeasure with the GOP candidates. On Twitter, the focus was on Herman Cain's much talked-about campaign ad and an article on the importance of social media in campaigns. Read more

Daily Number

33% - Obama Motivates Supporters, Opponents in Early 2012 Matchups
Most supporters of President Obama (33% of all voters) say they consider their choice as a vote for him, while 11% say they see it as a vote against Mitt Romney. Conversely, far more Romney supporters (33%) say they view their choice as a vote against Obama rather than as a vote for Romney (15%). Read more

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