What a Referendum on the President Looks Like

By: Wednesday November 12, 2014 10:19 am

Since we have a two party political system there are two basic ways for a party to win big in an election. The first way is to put forward a positive agenda that the public agrees with and comes out to actively support on election day. The other is to simply wait for their opponents [...]

A Reminder That We Do a Terrible Job of Managing Our Democracy

By: Tuesday November 4, 2014 10:15 am

Among the numerous deficiencies our democracy has is the fact that the people who vote don’t actually represent the country as a whole. Pew Research shows just how big this divide is. Adults who likely won’t be voting this year tend to be much younger, poorer, ethnically diverse, and more liberal than the people who [...]

Democratic Base Feels Better Represented by Their Party

By: Monday September 22, 2014 1:40 pm

The Democratic base is¬† more satisfied with their party than the Republicans base is with theirs, according to Pew Research. A plurality of Republican-leaning voters think the Republican party hasn’t done a good job of representing their views on the big issues of abortion, immigration, government spending and same-sex marriage. On the other hand, a [...]

Democrats Suffer From Significant Enthusiasm Gap

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 10:59 am

While Democrats hold a small two-point lead in the generic Congressional ballot, the big problem for them is their voters aren’t enthusiastic about turning out. According to Pew Research poll, enthusiasm among Democratic voters at this time in the midterm cycle is the lowest it has been in years. Only 37 percent of those who [...]

Congressional Experience Seen as Less Important for a President

By: Monday May 19, 2014 2:07 pm

Congressional experience is considered much less important for presidential candidates than it used to be. Until recently far more Americans thought serving in Congress was better preparation for being president than being a governor but that has changed dramatically. From Pew Research: I wonder if this is more of an indictment against President Obama, the [...]

Good News for Congressional Republicans in Generic Ballot

By: Monday May 5, 2014 9:54 am

In the generic Congressional ballot Republicans have a large lead according to a new Pew Research poll. If the election was held today 47 percent of voters would pick the Republican in their district while only 43 percent would choose the Democrat.

Scandal Takes Real Toll on Christie’s National Support

By: Tuesday January 21, 2014 3:52 pm

There are now several polls confirming that the bridge scandal is doing serious damage to Gov. Chris Christie’s (R-NJ) standing in national polls. According to Pew Research the percentage of people who see Christie unfavorably jumped from only 17 percent last year to 34 percent this year. At the same time, the percent who see [...]

The Partisan Fact Divide

By: Monday December 30, 2013 11:20 am

I think this statistic is both fascinating and very informative about the current state of politics. Significantly fewer Republicans now believe in evolution than did in 2009. On the other hand more Democrats now believe in evolution. From Pew Research: There is not just growing ideological disagreement between the parties about how to solve problems, [...]

Raising the Federal Minimum Wage Is Extremely Popular

By: Thursday February 21, 2013 1:15 pm

The American people overwhelmingly back President Obama’s call for increasing the federal minimum wage. According to a new Pew Research¬†poll, 71 percent of Americans would favor raising the minimum wage to $9.00 an hour, while only 26 percent would oppose the move. The idea is not only very popular with Democrats and Independents, but even [...]

The Republican Base Doesn’t Want Leadership to Become More Moderate

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 4:14 pm

Following the Republicans’ losses this year there has been a lot of inside the beltway talk about whether or not the party will moderate its positions to try to appeal to a broader share of the electorate. Ultimately, though, the decision rests mainly in the hands of rank and file Republicans. They are the ones [...]

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