U.S. Politics Jul. 24, 2014

GOP Has Midterm Voter Engagement Advantage

Republicans hold a clear advantage in voter engagement in this fall’s midterm elections, but it is more modest than it was in 2010. And anti-incumbent sentiment remains high.

Fact Tank Jul. 24, 2014

Voter turnout always drops off for midterm elections, but why?

Voter turnout, no matter how measured, is consistently lower in midterm elections compared to presidential election years. Political scientists aren’t sure why, but have some ideas.

Fact Tank Jun. 27, 2014

Chart of the Week: A century of U.S. political history

A very cool interactive timeline map of U.S. congressional districts.

Fact Tank Jun. 12, 2014

The polarized Congress of today has its roots in the 1970s

You don’t have to look hard to see evidence of political polarization – just watch cable news, listen to talk radio or follow social-media debates. Indeed, a new Pew Research Center report finds that Americans are more ideologically polarized today than they’ve been in at least two decades. Their representatives in Congress are divided too, and have […]

Fact Tank Mar. 5, 2014

Public’s anti-incumbent mood hasn’t always predicted big electoral swings

Despite surveys showing anti-incumbent sentiments at or near all-time highs, most members of Congress appear to have little to worry about.

Fact Tank Feb. 25, 2014

House set to lose six centuries of experience as Dingell, other long-serving members retire

The spate of congressional retirement announcements may seem like a lot but is within historical norms. But the retirement of several long-serving members likely will further reduce overall experience levels in both the House and Senate,

Fact Tank Feb. 24, 2014

Just 28% of Republicans believe GOP advocates its principles well

A minority of Republicans believe that their party is doing a good job in standing up for its traditional positions of smaller government, tax-cutting and conservative social values.

Fact Tank Dec. 23, 2013

Congress ends least-productive year in recent history

Congress enacted 57 laws — just 49 of them substantive — in the first session of its two-year term, the smallest first-year legislative output in nearly two decades.

Fact Tank Nov. 5, 2013

Only 1 in 7 House districts were competitive in 2012

In last year’s elections, winners won by at least 10 points in all but 62 of the 435 House districts.

U.S. Politics Oct. 22, 2013

Views of Government: Key Data Points

Public confidence of government has fallen in recent years, and many Americans favor a smaller government providing fewer services, according to Pew Research Center surveys.