U.S. PoliticsDecember 7, 2018

House Republicans who lost re-election bids were more moderate than those who won

Among GOP House incumbents who lost their re-election campaigns, 23 of 30 were more moderate than the median Republican in the chamber.

Pew Research CenterNovember 21, 2018

Millennials, Gen X increase their ranks in the House, especially among Democrats

The 2018 midterm elections significantly boosted the number of Millennials and Generation Xers in the lower chamber.

U.S. PoliticsNovember 1, 2018

A look at voters’ views ahead of the 2018 midterms

With this year’s midterm elections just a week away, here are some key findings from Pew Research Center surveys over the past several months about some of the dynamics and issues shaping the battle for Congress.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 15, 2018

Republicans and Democrats are optimistic about the future of their parties as midterms near

Three-quarters of Republicans say they are optimistic about the future of the Republican Party. Democrats have a similarly bright outlook for their party.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 3, 2018

Turnout in this year’s U.S. House primaries rose sharply, especially on the Democratic side

Turnout in this year’s primaries for Congress and most state governorships surged compared with the last midterms in 2014, particularly among Democrats. Nearly a fifth (19.6%) of registered voters – about 37 million – cast ballots in primary elections for the U.S. House of Representatives – a 56% increase over the 23.7 million who voted in 2014’s House primaries. Turnout that year was 13.7% of registered voters.

U.S. PoliticsSeptember 17, 2018

APSA conference roundup: Research on political polarization on social media and the U.S. Congress

The ways that social media shape political attitudes and the intricacies of lawmaking in Congress were two of many topics at the APSA annual conference.

August 22, 2018

Most Americans say more women running for Congress is a good thing, as hope for a female president grows

Women are running for Congress in record numbers this year, and most Americans say this is a good thing. But there’s little consensus among the public about how – or whether – things would change if more women were elected. More than four-in-ten Americans say they personally hope a woman will be elected president in their lifetime.

U.S. PoliticsAugust 21, 2018

Immigrants or children of immigrants make up at least 12% of Congress

At least 65 of the current voting members of Congress are immigrants or the children of immigrants. These members represent nearly half of U.S. states.

U.S. PoliticsAugust 16, 2018

As Midterms Near, Democrats Are More Politically Active Than Republicans

Across a range of political activities – from attending political rallies to donating to campaigns – voters who back Democratic candidates for Congress are reporting higher levels of political activity than GOP voters.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 31, 2018

Younger adults, independents more critical of their district’s past congressional candidate fields

Younger Americans are less likely than their elders and partisans are more likely than independents to have positive views of past congressional candidate pools in their districts.