Fact Tank Sep. 17, 2014

On Constitution Day, a look at proposed amendments and how seldom they go anywhere

Since 2003, 465 proposed constitutional amendments have been introduced in the House or Senate, including 82 in the current Congress alone. And they all have one thing in common: None of them have gone into effect.

U.S. Politics Sep. 12, 2014

Wide Partisan Differences Over the Issues That Matter in 2014

Heading into the final weeks before the midterm elections, Republican and Democratic voters are split not only over their candidate preferences, but also about the importance of key issues in the election.

Fact Tank Jul. 31, 2014

Congress continues its streak of passing few significant laws

Midway through its second and final year, the 113th Congress remains one of the least legislatively productive in recent history.

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.