For most voters, congressional elections offer little drama
Most eligible voters — typically 8-in-ten or more — live in House districts with little or no real competition between candidates and parties.
GOP Leads on Key Issues; Dems Have More Positive Image
The GOP has the advantage over Democrats on the economy, terrorism and the budget deficit. But Democrats are widely seen as more empathetic and willing to work with those across the aisle.
Congress still on track to be among least productive in recent history
The current Congress remains on pace to be one of the least legislatively productive in recent history.
Both Parties Face Internal Criticism on Illegal Immigration
Older Republicans are especially critical of how the GOP has handled illegal immigration. Many Hispanic Democrats fault their party for being unwilling to allow legal status for people in the U.S. illegally.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chart of the Week: A century of U.S. political history
A very cool interactive timeline map of U.S. congressional districts.
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 […]