How Obama Helped the GOP Become the Party of Old People

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 1:10 pm

For most of the past two decades the Grand Old Party didn’t actually get its support from older voters. Not very long ago the Democratic party had an advantage with senior citizens but that has disappeared since President Obama took office.


How a Bad Election System Makes the Racial Partisan Divide a Big Problem

By: Monday March 24, 2014 1:10 pm

Where it is most evident is in the Senate where each state gets two senators regardless of population. In 13 of the 14 states which have less 2 million people white non-Hispanics are overrepresented and often dramatically so. The sole exception is Hawaii. These 13 states contain just 4.6 percent of the population but choose 25 percent of the Senators.

Americans See Global Warming as Real but Not a Serious Threat

By: Friday March 14, 2014 9:20 am

Often in politics what is important is not the overall level of support but the intensity of opinions and this is one of those cases.

It Is Still All About the Economy, Jobs, and Dysfunction

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 12:55 pm

It is worth remembering that while the media often focus on how the latest story or international incident will affect elections, what regular people care about most has remained unchanged for years.

Uninsured Rate Drops

By: Monday March 10, 2014 7:55 am

The rate of those without health insurance in the U.S. has dropped noticeably over the past few months and it is very likely the reduction is the result of the Affordable Care Act. It is still higher than it was when Obama took office however.

Hillary Clinton Maintains Strong Public Image

By: Friday February 21, 2014 7:27 am

If she runs in 2016 her image will be damaged some. That is what campaigns do. You can see how the 2008 campaign brought her down by several points, but her personal image is now notably stronger than it was at this point in the last election cycle when she was only barely leading in the primary.

For First Time a Plurality View Afghan War as a Mistake

By: Wednesday February 19, 2014 10:06 am

The number of Americans who view the war in Afghanistan as a mistake has been steadily increasing for years and now for the first time a plurality think it was a bad idea to invade the country over a decade ago.

Unemployment Seen as America’s Top Problem

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 7:52 am

Our dysfunctional government was the top problem for months but now it has dropped down to the third place. Without destructive pointless fights the focus has moved from Congress to people’s more direct concerns.

Americans’ Sour on Russia

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 7:35 am

With all eyes on Russia for the winter Olympics, Americans’ opinions about the country are at a at 20 year low.

Health Care Law Still Unpopular, But Slightly More Feel Helped by It

By: Wednesday February 5, 2014 9:02 am

There has been a small uptick in the number of people who feel the law has directly helped them or their family since the insurance expansion actually started in January. Back in December only 9 percent said the law had helped them personally now that has risen to 13 percent. At the same time the percent who claims the law has hurt them or their family remains unchanged at 19 percent.

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