USC Election 2012 covers this year’s presidential election, as well as state races, ballot initiatives and more. The online resource contains unique political research and opinion from USC professors that can’t be found elsewhere, such as:
• Obama & The Return of the Young Voter – Morley Winograd of the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism found that the “established conservative power structure has basically rejected millennial ideas of conservatism.”
• The Fight for the Base – Darry Sragow of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences noted that socially conservative voters possibly damaging the GOP by not taking into account Mitt Romney’s strength against President Obama. “Republican registration is down to just over 30 percent because the social conservatives are driving more moderate voters out of the party in their suicidal quest for ideological purity,” he said.
• Partisanship Broken Down – USC Dornsife assistant professor of psychology Jesse Graham studied moral ideals held by conservatives and liberal politicians. One of the challenges faced by this year’s Republican candidates is trying to appeal to both the base and to moderates. “Values speak much more powerfully than compromises,” Graham said.
Election 2012 was created in the lead-up to the 2008 presidential election and has been published between elections under the name Politics and Society, providing an extensive archive of articles and story ideas.
The website also is the place to learn the latest results of the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, a real-time window into the minds of California voters. The project is a series of statewide public opinion polls conducted at regular intervals in California.
Election 2012 has been overseen from the start by Senior Online News Editor Eliza Gallo, formerly a journalist at Condé Nast, Hearst and Variety Group magazines. To submit items for consideration, contact Gallo at (213) 821-2391 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reporters and op-ed editors interested in political commentary can also visit ThinkUSC, the university’s new op-ed site, which gathers published commentaries from USC faculty.
Another resource for media seeking experts on specific topics is the searchable Election 2012 Experts Directory, featuring USC professors who have agreed to be responsive to reporters and ready to share their expertise with journalists on topics ranging from campaign strategy to voter demographics.