The Economy Drives Politics

By: Thursday August 22, 2013 10:41 am

One of the biggest factors in politics is the economy. Even without knowing anything about the candidates if you know how well the economy is doing going into the election you can fairly accurately predict the outcome. A new Gallup poll also highlights how much the economy drives opinion about the president. According to the poll, [...]

U.S. Born Hispanics Even More Democratic-Leaning Than New Immigrants

By: Friday August 9, 2013 10:43 am

Hispanics in America overwhelming identify with the Democratic Party, according to a new Gallup poll. By greater than a 2-1 margin Hispanics are more likely to identify with Democrats than Republicans. From Gallup:   This breakdown should really concern Republicans. The poll found Hispanics with a longer family history in the United States are more [...]

13 Percent of Whites Still Don’t Approve of Mixed Race Marriages

By: Friday July 26, 2013 2:50 pm

It is probably going to be impossible to accurately find out how people are racists via polling. It is unlikely people will honestly answers the question “are you a racist?” You can though tries to use certain polling question to get a rough estimate of how many people still have significant racial hung ups, like [...]

Hispanics Heavily Lean Democratic Across Generations

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 10:28 am

Democrats now have a huge advantage with Hispanics across all age groups. According to Gallup in every age group Hispanics are almost twice as likely to lean Democratic than to lean Republican. From Gallup: It is interesting to see that Republicans do slightly better with young Hispanics than they do with older Hispanics. While many [...]

Americans Want Shorter Elections, One Primary Day, and National Referendums

By: Wednesday July 10, 2013 1:01 pm

The American people would likely to see dramatic changes to how politics are run in this country. According to Gallup, a large majority of Americans want shorter campaigns, a national presidential primary day and some form of national ballot initiative/referendum system. From Gallup: Of the three changes, creating a shorter presidential election is probably practically [...]

Most Americans Don’t Want Their Children to Become Politicans

By: Friday July 5, 2013 12:03 pm

The vast majority of Americans won’t want their children to become politicians. According a new Gallup poll, 64 percent don’t want their children to make politics their profession. From Gallup: This is at least a tripartisan issue. Republicans, Independents and Democrats would all prefer to see their children not become politicians. This is sadly part [...]

Majority of Americans Would Support Radical Campaign Finance Reform

By: Monday June 24, 2013 10:05 am

A majority of Americans are prepared to support extreme campaign finance reform. According to a new Gallup poll 50 percent of the country would support banning all contributions by individuals and instead have campaigns entirely funded by the government. From Gallup: This system outlined in this question is actually far to the left of any [...]

Gallup Concludes Their 2012 Samples Were Too Conservative

By: Tuesday June 4, 2013 4:41 pm

During the 2012 Presidential election, Gallup’s tracking poll data significantly overstated support for Mitt Romney and as a result Gallup decided to engage in an in-depth analysis to determine what went wrong. Their conclusion is that they made four important mistakes: 1) Gallup’s likely voter estimates were off. They put too much weight on past [...]

By Two-to-One Margin Americans Want to Eliminate the Electoral College

By: Friday January 18, 2013 1:12 pm

With the next Presidential election almost four years away, the Electoral College gets little attention but it is always worth pointing out what a horrible institution it is. According to Gallup, by a greater two-to-one margin Americans want to replace the Electoral College with a national popular vote. From Gallup: The Electoral College doesn’t just [...]

The Huge National/Swing State Divergence in Early Voting

By: Thursday November 1, 2012 11:25 am

While it may only appeal to an election nerd like myself, I think one of the most fascinating developments taking place this election is the early voting numbers. There is an incredible divergence between who is winning the early vote nationally and who is winning it in the swing states. According to both Gallup and [...]