Follow MediaCurves™:
Share This Story:
Send This Study to a Friend
Bookmark this page
Digg
Share on Facebook
LinkedIn

Americans Less Favorable of Both Candidates after Viewing Obama "Still" Ad


Obama's Ad - Still

Flemington, NJ September 15, 2008 – A new national focus group among 307 self-reported Democrats, Republicans and Independents, revealed that after viewing the new Obama “Still” ad, favorable ratings decreased for both candidates, especially among independents.

The study was conducted by HCD Research and the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion (MCIPO) during September 12 and 13, to obtain Americans’ perceptions of a new ad by Barack Obama, which suggests that McCain is out-of-touch on issues and work style.

“The “Still” ad had little effect on voters and actually had a negative impact on undecided voters leaning toward Obama.  Some moved into the “not sure” from the “leaning to” column suggesting that the ad confused some undecided voters.” commented Glenn Kessler, president and CEO, HCD Research.

Among the study findings:

The ad earned Barack Obama a Political Communications Impact Score (PCIS) of 13   and John McCain received a score of 10.3, resulting in a net score of 2.7 for Barack Obama. The scores can be compared to a mean score of 9.9 for previously tested Obama ads and 7.4 for previously tested McCain ads.  To date, the total mean score for all previously tested ads is 8.6

The emotional response to the ad was negative for each of the three voting segments.

 

 

Total
(n=307)

 

Registered
Democrat
(n=101)

 

Registered Republican
(n=101)

Registered Independent
(n=105)

  • Anger

15%

11%

24%

10%

  • Inspiration

5%

5%

3%

6%

  • Sadness

7%

9%

8%

6%

  • Skepticism

32%

17%

40%

40%

  • Confusion

3%

2%

3%

4%

  • Disturbing

22%

33%

18%

16%

  • Embarrassment

9%

12%

5%

11%

  • Pride

3%

5%

0%

4%

  • Happiness

4%

7%

0%

4%

The PCIS is a metric scoring system designed to gauge the effectiveness of political communications by generating a score for each candidate to monitor changes in voter perceptions. The PCIS score is derived from the change in voters’ support and the extent that the support shifts.  To view scores and results of recent studies go to: http://www.mediacurves.com/PCIS/

While viewing the video, participants indicated their levels of believability by moving their mouse from left to right on a continuum. The responses were recorded in quarter-second intervals and reported in the form of curves. The participants’ emotions were measured using the Ayer Emotion Battery. Participants were also asked pre- and post-viewing questions. To view believability curves and detailed results go to: www.mediacurves.com.

The Media Curves web site provides the media and general public with a venue to view Americans’ perceptions of popular and controversial media events and advertisements.

Editors/Reporters: For more information on the study, or to speak with Glenn Kessler, president and CEO, HCD Research or Chris Borick, Ph.D., director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion, please contact Vince McGourty, HCD Research, at (908) 483-9121 or (vince.mcgourty@hcdi.net).

HCD Research is a communications research company headquartered in Flemington, NJ.  The company's services include traditional and web-based communications research.  For additional information on HCD Research, access the company’s web site at www.hcdi.net or call HCD Research at 908-788-9393.  Headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania, MCIPO is a respected source of public opinion data on local, state and national issues. For additional information on Muhlenberg College, go to www.muhlenberg.edu

var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://ssl." : "http://www."); document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='" + gaJsHost + "google-analytics.com/ga.js' type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E")); var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker("UA-4865898-1"); pageTracker._initData(); pageTracker._trackPageview();