Support For Marriage Equality Reaches New High But Republicans Still Oppose It

By: Wednesday May 21, 2014 10:41 am

Support for same-sex marriage continues to steadily grow. According to Gallup, support has reached a new high with 55 percent of Americans now in favor same-sex marriage. From Gallup: This impact this will have on marriage equality laws around the country is probably very small because we have already moved from the issue being fought [...]

Republicans Hold Edge on Top Issues

By: Tuesday May 20, 2014 10:30 am

The most important issues for Americans right now are the economy, the deficit and taxes. On all three the Republicans hold an advantage over Democrats according to Gallup. This is the simplest visualization for why Democrats should be worried. The economy has been the top concern for voters for years and it doesn’t look like [...]

Democratic Party Holds Favorability Edge

By: Friday May 16, 2014 10:11 am

On net the American people don’t like either major party at the moment but they dislike Democrats the least. From Gallup: Having a net favorable rating of negative 6 normally won’t be considered much of an accomplishment but in a two party system politics is a zero-sum game. Being dislike noticeably less than the other [...]

Voters Really Dislike Most People in Congress

By: Wednesday May 14, 2014 10:20 am

Only 22 percent of voters think most members of Congress deserve re-election while 72 percent believe they do not. According to Gallup this puts it on pace to be the lowest ever for an election year since they have been polling the issue. From Gallup: As has always been the case voters have a higher [...]

Voter Enthusiasm Down Across the Board, But Especially Bad Among Democrats

By: Monday May 12, 2014 9:53 am

This midterm election is not particularly exciting for many according to the latest Gallup poll. Voter enthusiasm is the lowest it has been in 20 years. From Gallup: Among Republican-leaning voters 42 percent are more enthusiastic about voting than normal, while 50 percent are less enthusiastic. While objective, it is dramatically better than enthusiasm among [...]

Tea Party Support Continues to Erode

By: Thursday May 8, 2014 10:12 am

The so called “Tea Party” movement’s brand continues to deteriorate. The number of Americans who say they support the Tea Party is down to only 22 percent while 30 percent of Americans say they oppose it. These are the worst numbers for the Tea Party since Gallup started asking about it. From Gallup: Currently, only [...]

Moving to the Right Won’t Help Obamacare Politically

By: Friday April 4, 2014 11:19 am

Remember when Democrats promised the Affordable Care Act was a “starter home?” Well some Senate Democrats think it should be the starting point for even more conservative health care policies. A groups of conservative Democrats are suggesting some “fixes” to Obamacare which include pushing for the sale of insurance across state lines and an even [...]

Young People Are Heavily Aligned With the Democratic Party

By: Friday March 28, 2014 12:59 pm

While Democrats had a modest edge with young voters for the last twenty years, starting in 2006 the scale of advantage has become significantly larger. From Gallup: Once individuals vote the same party a few times in a row the chance they stay loyal to that party goes up, so long-term this could become a [...]

How Obama Helped the GOP Become the Party of Old People

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 11:47 am

For most of the past two decades the Grand Old Party didn’t actually get its support from older voters. Not very long ago the Democratic party had an advantage with senior citizens but that has disappeared since President Obama took office. From Gallup: The demographic reversal is huge and one of the most significant things [...]

How a Bad Election System Makes the Racial Partisan Divide a Big Problem

By: Monday March 24, 2014 1:15 pm

This racial divide wouldn’t be as big a political problem if we had a well designed political system that properly reflects the whole electorate, but our system for electing Congress currently has a huge bias towards white voters.

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