Fact Tank Jun. 24, 2015

Jindal followed a rare path, from Hinduism to Catholicism

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a newly declared Republican candidate for president, is hoping to attract support from conservative evangelical Christian voters. Jindal himself is a Catholic, and, as the son of immigrants from Hindu-majority India, was raised in the Hindu faith.

Fact Tank Jun. 15, 2015

Republicans and Democrats sharply divided on how tough to be with Russia

As the Obama White House and its NATO allies discuss their responses to Russia’s activities in Ukraine, Washington faces its own internal divisions, some of which are being reflected in the early stages of the 2016 presidential campaign.

U.S. Politics May. 23, 2015

Kohut: Why Less Competition Is Hurtful to Hillary

Hillary’s strategic problem is that, absent a strong Democratic challenger to duke it out with, questions about various Hillary controversies, her age and the “Bill factor” will hang there to be resolved in the general election against a Republican candidate who has been on the road addressing his or her own image weaknesses.

U.S. Politics May. 19, 2015

Early Views of the 2016 Presidential Field

The Republican field for 2016 is much more crowded than the Democratic field. But Republicans are more positive about their candidates now than at comparable points in the past two presidential campaigns.

Fact Tank May. 6, 2015

U.S. voter turnout trails most developed countries

Among the 34 countries in the OECD, the U.S. ranks 31st in terms of turnout among the voting-age population, but seventh in terms of turnout among registered voters.

U.S. Politics Apr. 11, 2015

2016: An Unanchored, Puzzling Presidential Election

At this point, 2016 seems more puzzling and less defined than other modern era non-incumbent races, writes Andrew Kohut.

U.S. Politics Apr. 2, 2015

Campaign 2016: Modest Interest, High Stakes

The 2016 presidential campaign is starting out with lower voter interest than at the same point in 2008. But there are already stark differences in how possible Democratic and Republican fields are shaping up.

Fact Tank Feb. 24, 2015

A college degree wasn’t always a ‘must’ for U.S. presidential candidates

If Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wins the Republican presidential nomination next year, he’ll be the first major-party nominee without a college degree since Barry Goldwater in 1964.

U.S. Politics Jan. 23, 2015

What’s in a Name? A Look at 2016’s Legacy Front-Runners

By Andrew Kohut, Founding Director, Pew Research Center Special to The Washington Post.  The 2016 presidential campaign, now in full swing in the media and the political class, starts with a fundamental question: How can American voters, who are so dissatisfied with Washington politics and the state of the nation, name the wife of one […]

Fact Tank Nov. 17, 2014

The up and down seasons of political campaign work

While many political workers already live nomadic lives, given the on-the-job demands of the campaign trail, their employment statuses can be similarly in flux.