How dominant is the opposing candidate in the other candidate's issue spaces?

How dominant is the opposing candidate in the other candidate's issue spaces in terms of ranking as well as quantity?

Protocol

  • Grab issue lists from each candidate's respective Website.
  • Query images.google.com for "election 08" issue 1, "election 08" issue 2 etc.
  • Display relative presence and absence of each candidate per issue.
  • Are the images 'presidential'?

Issues of candidates Barack Obama, John McCain

Obama:

Civil Rights
Disabilities
Economy
Education
Energy & Environment
Ethics
Faith
Family
Fiscal
Foreign Policy
Healthcare
Homeland Security
Immigration
Iraq
Poverty
Rural
Service
Seniors & Social Security
Technology
Urban Policy
Veterans
Women
Additional Issues
The Blueprint for Change
Arts
Child Advocacy
Katrina
Science
Sportsmen
Transportation

Obama Issues list is taken from his issue list in the menu, issues from his issues page are the same http://www.barackobama.com/issues/. “Additional Issues” from the issue list are also included.

barackobama.comissues.png

Mccain:

American energy
Economic Plan
Iraq
Health Care
Education
Climate Change
Border Security
Human Dignity & Life
Second Amendment
Veterans
Government Reform
National Security
Energy
Immigration
The Sanctity of Life
2nd Amendment
Judicial Philosophy
Ethics Reform
Natural Heritage
Space Program
Agricultural Policies

McCain Issues list is taken from his issue list in the menu, complemented with issues from his issues page http://www.johnmccain.com/Informing/Issues/

johnmccain.com.png

Findings

After querying one of the candidates issues in Google images, find the first candidate related image. If the opposing candidate shows up first in the Google Image results, it adds up to the total level of dominance of this candidate in the other candidate's issue space.

The graphic shows whether Obama and McCain are in each other's issue space.

obamaissuespace.png

mccainsissuespace.png


sharedissuespace.png

The dominant candidate of June 2008 is Barack Obama. All three issue spaces, Obama's, McCain's and the shared issue space, have turned red.

An image is red when it is an Obama related image, blue when related to McCain.
The number indicates the ranking/position of the image in the Google Image results. From position 01 to 10 the color fades 10% per step to emphasize how dominant the candidates are in each other's issue space.

Future Scheduling

It would be relevant to schedule this research since the findings might be totally different today. Multiple of these graphics would show who 'runs the show' on a topic per day. The election issue imagery runs parallel with the flow of the debate around the candidates issues.
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Topic revision: r3 - 29 Aug 2008, KimDeGroot
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