A Nationalized Election With a Clear Swing to the GOP

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 9:57 am

Last night was very bad for Democrats and a very good one for Republicans. At this point Republicans have picked up seven seats in the Senate and it looks like they will pick up another two when everything is over. With most of the votes counted, the Republican candidate holds a narrow lead in Alaska. [...]

Gallup: GOP’s Favorable Rating Almost as Good as Democrats’

By: Thursday September 18, 2014 11:14 am

The favorable rating of the two major parties is now almost equal, according to Gallup. Democrats now have only a two point advantage. From Gallup: One of the few things Democrats had going for them this election was even though President Obama is unpopular, the voters really disliked the Republican party. Unfortunately for Democrats, the [...]

Majority Think Republican Control of the House is Bad for the Country

By: Monday October 21, 2013 11:11 am

More signs the government shutdown has done real political damage to Republicans. The new CNN/ORC poll found 54 percent of Americans think it is a bad thing Republicans control the House of Representatives.

GOP’s Favorability Hits Record Low

By: Thursday October 10, 2013 9:10 am

Another day and another poll showing this government shutdown is doing significant damage to the Republican brand. According to Gallup, the Republican party’s favorable rating is now the lowest it has ever been in the history of their polling. Lower than it was in the midst of the Clinton impeachment. From Gallup: The poll found [...]

Republican Base Wants Their Party to Become Even More Conservative

By: Wednesday July 31, 2013 2:21 pm

Anyone expecting or even hoping that the Republican Party starts to moderate in the near future doesn’t understand the dynamics driving the party. Because of natural sorting and gerrymandering, the vast majority of Congressional Republicans will never face a competitive general election. The number of “swing districts” has shrunk dramatically over the past few decades. [...]

On Immigration It Is the Needs of Individual Members Vs. Party for GOP

By: Friday February 1, 2013 11:03 am

Republican House members have little personal political incentive to back immigration reform. More than half of House Republicans represent districts that are more than 80 percent white and unless an individual is directly or indirectly touched by the issue they are unlikely to see it as a top priority. According to Pew Research immigration reform [...]

Large Generational Divide Among White Voters

By: Friday May 18, 2012 11:41 am

Among white voters there is a clear generational divide among who they plan to support in the Presidential race this year, but there is not a similar age divide among non-white voters. In general, younger whites are more likely to support President Obama than older whites, but among non-whites all age groups support Obama equally. [...]

61% Favor Idea of an Independent Presidential Candidate Running

By: Wednesday November 2, 2011 11:15 am

The American people are now very favorably inclined towards the idea of an independent presidential candidate challenging both Barack Obama and the eventual Republican nominee next year. According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll an overwhelming 61 percent favor the idea of such a challenge, while only 32 percent hold an unfavorable opinion of [...]

Congressional GOP’s Actions Do Serious Damage to Party’s Brand

By: Wednesday August 10, 2011 2:22 pm

The Congressional Republicans extreme negotiation tactics in service of forwarding an unpopular agenda, namely deficit reduction without tax increases for the rich, is taking a serious toll on their brand. According to a CNN poll a record 59 percent of Americans now hold an unfavorable view of the Republican Party. This number is even higher [...]

Why Republican’s Medicare Privatization Plan is so Political Devastating Right Now

By: Wednesday June 15, 2011 6:14 pm

There is a reason that the Ryan Medicaid ending vote was political malpractice. The fact is that when you are trying to take apart the social safety net in the middle of a major recession. When middle-aged folks are wondering if they will work again, putting a further burden on them is going to be a loser.

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