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 Republican brand has steadily improved since the government shutdown and is now basically on par with theirs.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday September 18, 2014 7:09 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Saturday September 13, 2014 12:00 pm|
The number of Alaskans who identify with either major party has reached a new low. From Gallup: Alaska: Self-Reported Party Identification This is particularly interesting in light of the fact that recently Democrats in the state abandoned their own bid for governor to instead back an independent Bill Walker. That move turned what should of [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday September 9, 2014 9:01 am|
Congress’s job approval rating remains a pathetic 14 percent in the latest Gallup poll, but an interesting finding is that the people who pay the most attention to politics have the worst impression of Congress. Among people who don’t follow politics closely, 23 percent approve of Congress but only 8 percent of people who closely follow politics feel that way.
|By: Jon Walker Friday August 29, 2014 11:15 am|
Any victories by Democrats this year will be mostly in spite of Obama, not because of him.
|By: Jon Walker Monday August 25, 2014 10:04 am|
A plurality of Republicans think immigration is the biggest problem facing the country right now but it ranks only fourth with Democrats.
|By: Jon Walker Monday August 18, 2014 7:50 am|
espite historically low approval ratings, at least 90 percent of members are expected to easily win their re-election. Maybe if the system didn’t aggressively insulate most members of Congress from any electoral consequences the institution wouldn’t have become so deeply unpopular.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday July 24, 2014 1:47 pm|
In Uruguay it was possible to set the legal age for marijuana purchasing at 18 because they don’t have a higher drinking age, but that won’t work politically in the United States.
|By: Jon Walker Monday July 21, 2014 2:23 pm|
Cigarettes are one of the most heavily taxed products in American but in the future legal marijuana could easily end up with a tax rate on par with cigarettes or even surpassing them. To understand why, you need to look at the current dynamics surrounding cigarette taxes.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday July 17, 2014 12:35 pm|
If you want a very simple explanation why Hillary Clinton is not only the 2016 Democratic frontrunner, but also able to scare off any serious competition, you need only look at this graph from Gallup.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 16, 2014 6:08 pm|
The media coverage of thousands of youth migrants/refugees from Central America has dramatically raised the public’s concern about immigration issues in general. The issue went from barely registering a few months ago to now being seen as the most important problem among a plurality of Americans.