Sunday, October 28, 2012

Newspaper Presidential Endorsement Scorecard

A website called The American Presidency Project has been surveying the top 100 Newspapers by circulation and who they have been endorsing for president.

Total endorsements to date:

  • 32 have endorsed Obama
  • 25 have endorsed Romney

50% of those newspapers surveyed did not change their endorsements in the past four years:

  • Those who endorsed Obama in 2008 who again endorsed Obama: 31
  • Those who endorsed McCain in 2008 who now endorse Romney: 19

10% of those newspapers surveyed did change their endorsements this year:

  • Those who endorsed Obama in 2008 who now endorse Romney: 9
  • Those who endorsed McCain in 2008 who now endorse Romney: 1

7% of those newspapers do not or no longer endorse any candidates:

  • Those newspapers who did not endorse candidates last two presidential elections: 3
  • Those newspapers who no longer endorse candidates who endorsed Obama in 2008: 3
  • Those newspapers who no longer endorse candidates who endorsed McCain in 2008: 1

To be determined/awaiting endorsements: 36

Two thoughts come to mind:

  • Democrats always claim editorial pages favor Republicans or are more conservative and Republicans always claim news content favors Democrats or are more liberal. 
  • The Chicago Sun-Times now has a larger daily circulation than the Chicago Tribune?

The survey can  be accessed here.  We will check back to see who the remaining 33 papers endorse.

The Daily Herald this year has endorsed Mitt Romney, a change from 2008 when they endorsed Obama. Chicago Tribune again endorsed Obama, after listing his failures and hoping that he changes direction and attempts to tackle them should he be elected again for a second term.

We've all seen how that "Hope" thing has worked out for all of us.

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