The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania performs research in the fields of political communication, information and society, media and the developing child, health communication and adolescent risk. The Policy Center's goal is to provide expert analysis that brings these issues into focus.  We build upon the scholarship produced by the Annenberg School for Communication, which is our home.

With offices in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., the Policy Center conducts and disseminates research, hosts lectures and conferences and convenes expert panels to address important questions about the intersection of media, communication and public policy.

To further our mission, we launched this website. It is designed to give scholars, the media and the general public expanded access to the work that we began in 1993. On this site, we make available digests of our research and links to data sets and topline surveys. If there are any questions about materials not posted on the site, please contact our Philadelphia office at the number listed at the bottom of this page, or send an email to kriley@asc.upenn.edu.

Also, we invite you to learn more about the work of the Annenberg Public Policy Center by reading our newsletter, On the Record, available by clicking the On the Record link in our Library below.

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American public has much to learn about presidential candidates’ issue positions, National Annenberg Election Survey shows

Friday, September 26, 2008

Many Americans are unable to identify where the major party candidates’ stand on various issues ranging from health care to abortion to free trade, according to recent data collected by the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey. Only a little over a quarter (28 percent) of adults were able to identify Senator John McCain as the presidential candidate more likely to support free trade agreements like NAFTA.

Over one-third (37 percent) of adults mistakenly believe that Senator Barack Obama is the candidate who proposes providing individuals 2,500 dollars or families 5,000 dollars to help them buy their own health insurance. That is in fact Senator McCain’s position. Only 20 percent of respondents, however, attributed that health insurance plan to McCain.

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Economy seems better to the educated, whites and Republicans, the National Annenberg Election Survey shows

Thursday, September 25, 2008

As widely reported, polls have shown that the percentage of the American public reporting that the economy is faltering has increased over the past year. Some groups see the situation as more dire than others do. Results from the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey show that college-educated adults, whites, and Republicans are less likely than their demographic counterparts to believe that economic conditions in the country today are worse than they were one year ago, even when controlling for gender, age, education, income, race, ethnicity, and party identification.

One-quarter (25 percent) of adults overall said that the economic conditions in the United States are worse today than they were one year ago.

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A site worker uses a wet-dry vac to suck up the remains of Tropical Storm Hanna from the agora floor. The area must be made bone dry before the top layer of concrete is poured, encasing the orange PEX tubes and steel grating within. Learn More
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09/26/2008 Political Communication American public has much to learn about presidential candidates’ issue positions, National Annenberg Election Survey shows
09/25/2008 Political Communication Economy seems better to the educated, whites and Republicans, the National Annenberg Election Survey shows
09/12/2008 Political Communication Support for the presidential ticket and identification with party predicted convention speech viewing
09/09/2008 Political Communication Republicans and independents are more likely to think the United States is ready to elect a president who is a woman now that Governor Sarah Palin is Senator John McCain’s running mate, according to the National Annenberg Election Survey
08/29/2008 Political Communication FactCheck.org Makes PC Magazine’s Top 20 Political Site List
08/28/2008 Information & Society APPC research published in the Journal of Consumer Affairs
08/01/2008 Adolescent Risk ARCI Releases New Volume on Evolution of Adolescent Media Portrayal
07/30/2008 Media & Children New Textbook Co-Authored by Amy Jordan
07/29/2008 Adolescent Risk Essential Mental Health Resources Now Available in Spanish
07/17/2008 Political Communication 18- to 29-year-olds more likely to be liberal and less likely to follow presidential campaign very closely, Annenberg survey shows