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 [...]

Hating the Other Party Really Drives Turnout

By: Friday October 17, 2014 3:37 pm

Hate is a great motivator in American politics. The more regular voters dislike the opposing political party, the more likely they are to actually vote. According to Pew Research, 49 percent of Republicans or Republican-leaning voters are likely to vote this year; but among those who hold a very unfavorable view of the Democratic party, 65 [...]

Democrats’ Engagement Problem

By: Wednesday October 15, 2014 2:39 pm

Polling shows Democrats lead Republicans for control of Congress with registered voters but not with likely voters.

Republican Base Is Far More Tuned In to the Midterm Election

By: Thursday August 28, 2014 11:32 am

In yet another sign of the Democratic enthusiasm gap this year, Gallup found that regular Republicans are paying far more attention to the election than regular Democrats. From Gallup: At this point 42 percent of Republicans have given at least some thought to the upcoming election while only 27 percent of Democrats have. Even Independents [...]

PA Sen: Sestak Surges into a Tie

By: Tuesday October 19, 2010 2:43 pm

A bit of surprisingly good news for Democrats in what has otherwise been a very bad few weeks: PPP now finds the Pennsylvania Senate race effectively tied. Democrat Joe Sestak leads Republican Pat Toomey by a single point. PPP (PDF) (10/17-18) Joe Sestak (D) 46 Pat Toomey (R) 45 Undecided 9 What is helping Sestak [...]

Marijuana Reform Initiatives Drive Turnout – It Did in OR, It Will in CA

By: Monday October 18, 2010 5:21 pm

With Proposition 19, the initiative to legalize and regulate marijuana, on the California ballot, the big political question is: can the initiative be a driver of voter turnout ? This is not only important for the success or failure of the ballot measure, but could potentially affect both the highly contested California governor and Senate [...]

NV Sen: Reid-Angle Race Remains Tight as Democrats Struggle with Projected Low Turnout

By: Wednesday October 6, 2010 6:39 pm

The Senate race in Nevada remains incredibly tight according to the latest survey from CNN/Time Opinion Research. The poll also found that Harry Reid is being badly hurt by disintrest from Democratic-leaning voters adversely affecting projected turnout this year in Nevada. CNN/Time Opinion Research (PDF) (10/1-5) Likely Voters Harry Reid (D) 40 Sharron Angle (R) [...]

Study of Potential 2010 Turnout Paints Gloomy Picture for Democrats

By: Tuesday September 28, 2010 7:15 pm

According to a study by the New Organizing Institute of likely 2010 turnout demographics, things look bad for Democrats. Their research shows that, in addition to some long-term trends that hurt Democrats in midterm elections, like a substantial decline in youth turnout, there are some worrying signs for this year in particular, like a projected [...]

What if They Had an Election and Nobody Came? Undecideds’ Disdain May Lead to Voter No-Shows

By: Friday August 13, 2010 11:30 am

If the “undecideds” in most polls are people who seem to strongly disapprove of both major parties, I think it is legitimate to speculate whether they will even bother to vote this November.

Pew: Dems, GOP Even on Generic Ballot; Highly Disengaged Youth Vote “Leads” Unenthused Electorate

By: Wednesday August 11, 2010 6:30 pm

According to a new Pew Research poll (PDF) of registered voters in the upcoming congressional election, 45 percent are leaning Democratic while 44 percent are leaning Republican. This does not bode well for Democrats, since they need to be have a significant lead in the generic ballot if they hope to hold onto their large majorities in the House and Senate. At the same time, these numbers don’t point to a massive Republican wave. By comparison, at about this same time in 2006, Democrats led Republicans 50 percent to 39 percent.

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