Voter Turnout and Congressional Change
In recent decades, there have been three basic ways that turnout has worked to produce the sort of “big wave” midterm that the Democrats are hoping for next week.
Lack of Competition in Elections Fails to Stir Public
The concern among some politicians and political experts over the lack of competitiveness in U.S. elections is generally not shared by the public. Moreover, voters appear to lack a clear sense of whether the elections in their own House districts are competitive or not.
How Often Do Members of Congress Tell the Truth?
Not often, two political scientists found. Plus, economists say they know why tall people earn more.
A Do-Nothing Congress That’s Done Too Much of the Wrong Thing
Approval ratings and reelect numbers are way down.
Congress Faces Record Public Discontent
Belief that this Congress has accomplished less than its predecessors is higher than at any point in the past nine years; Republican leaders take the blame.
Independents Sour on Incumbents
Allegations of corruption are fueling political discontent among independents, who are unhappy with Congress in general and their own representatives in particular.