Pot Legalization on the Ballot Dramatically Increased Youth Turnout

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 1:44 pm

The lesson for politicians and political strategists appears to be that if you want to significantly increase youth turnout, make the election about legalizing marijuana.


Michigan and Arizona Primary – Live Blog – Update: Romney Wins Arizona and Michigan

By: Tuesday February 28, 2012 5:25 pm

Republican presidential primaries are taking place in Michigan and Arizona today. While Mitt Romney is expect to easily win the Arizona primary, the polling of Michigan shows that the race there is incredibly close. Arizona assigns its delegates winner-takes-all, but in Michigan delegates are based on how well a candidate does in each congressional district. You can find my primer for tonight here.

Americans Blame Wall Street Bankers, Obama Picks Banker as Top Advisor

By: Thursday January 6, 2011 1:05 pm

From a purely political perspective the optics of this choose are just terrible.

And yet the truth is that Obama has made a Wall Street banker his top adviser even though a plurality of voters blame their current economic hardship on Wall Street bankers.

Cutting Social Security Would Prove Disastrous for Democrats at Polls

By: Wednesday November 10, 2010 6:25 pm

While more and more prominent Democrats slowly joining President Obama’s drum roll in support of Social Security cuts “reforms,” like those just put forward by the co-chairs of the deficit commission he appointed, this most recent election should give them serious pause before pursuing these recommendations.

In this last election, Democrats performed terribly with senior citizen voters. National House exit polling shows only 38 percent of those over 65 voted for Democrats while 59 percent votes for Republicans. This is the worst showing for Democrats among seniors in decades and a big part of why Dems lost so many House seats.

According to a Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research memo (PDF), it was concerns about the “cuts” to Medicare in the new health care law that caused such a huge swing away from Democrats among the elderly.

2010 Midterms: Early Exits Look in Line with Polling

By: Tuesday November 2, 2010 3:58 pm

None of these exit polls really portend a very good night for the Democrats. About the only thing they can hang their hats on: voters do not want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, by a count of 47-41.

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