Why Republicans Have No Incentives to Make Deals with Obama

By: Wednesday November 12, 2014 12:43 pm

I’m very skeptical that any significant legislative deals will be reached between congressional Republicans and President Obama over the next two years because Republican members have almost no incentive to compromise.

 

What a Referendum on the President Looks Like

By: Wednesday November 12, 2014 10:07 am

This chart from Pew Research shows the 2014 mid-term election was not a vote for Republicans ideas but a vote against President Obama who is perceived to be a failure.

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 likely will vote this cycle.

Pollsters, Please Stop Asking “Should Marijuana Use Be Legal?”

By: Thursday September 25, 2014 12:59 pm

One thing I wish all pollsters would do is change how the ask about marijuana legalization, because they question they use is not applicable to the actual political debates taking place in this country. Normally the question they use in the poll is some version of “Should marijuana use by legal?”

Late Night: Democratic Base Feels Better Represented by Their Party

By: Monday September 22, 2014 8:00 pm

The Democratic base is more satisfied with their party than the Republicans base is with theirs, according to Pew Research.

A plurality of Republican-leaning voters think the Republican party hasn’t done a good job of representing their views on the big issues of abortion, immigration, government spending and same-sex marriage.

Democrats Suffer From Significant Enthusiasm Gap

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 9:12 am

While Democrats hold a small two-point lead in the generic Congressional ballot, the big problem for them is their voters aren’t enthusiastic about turning out.

Congressional Experience Seen as Less Important for a President

By: Monday May 19, 2014 1:08 pm

Congressional experience is considered much less important for Presidential candidates than it used to be. Until recently far more Americans thought serving in Congress was better preparation for being President than being a governor but that has changed dramatically.

Will Bad Policy Turn People Against Technology?

By: Thursday April 17, 2014 11:56 am

Pew Research has an interesting new poll about people’s opinions on technology and the future, but I think the question most relevant to current policy debates is how optimistic people are about technological advancement. By a margin of two-to-one Americans think technological changes will make people’s lives mostly better, yet if you look into that number you will find a large income divide.

Overwhelming Support for Legal Status for Undocumented Immigrants

By: Thursday February 27, 2014 2:35 pm

Speaker John Boehner (R) may have effectively killed any hope of immigration reform this year but support remains strong for the general principle. According to a new Pew Research poll, 73 percent of Americans think immigrants who are currently living in the country illegally should be allowed to stay, while only a quarter of the country opposes any form of legal status.

Scandal Takes Real Toll on Christie’s National Support

By: Tuesday January 21, 2014 3:35 pm

There are now several polls confirming that the bridge scandal is doing serious damage to Gov. Chris Christie’s (R-NJ) standing

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