Public Sees Better Year Ahead; Democrats Sharpen Focus on Midterm Elections
A majority of Americans say 2018 will be a better year than 2017, a shift from a year ago when public expectations were far less positive.
U.S. Senate seats rarely have flipped to other party in recent special elections
Senate seats have rarely flipped to the other party in recent special elections, and turnout usually lags compared with regular elections for the same seat.
How ‘Drop-Off’ Voters Differ From Consistent Voters and Nonvoters
The 2018 midterm elections will be determined in large part by who goes to the polls and who stays home.
U.S. House seats rarely flip to other party in special elections
Special elections to the U.S. House of Representatives tend to be low-turnout events, historically speaking, and seldom result in seats switching from one party to another.
5 facts about U.S. political donations
Americans are increasingly likely to make political donations, with the share of adults who say they have donated directly to candidates doubling since 1992.
U.S. trails most developed countries in voter turnout
Among the 35 OECD countries, the U.S. ranks 28th in terms of turnout among the voting-age population, but fourth in terms of turnout among registered voters.
Black voter turnout fell in 2016, even as a record number of Americans cast ballots
Some trends in presidential elections either reversed or stalled: White turnout increased and the nonwhite share of the U.S. electorate remained flat from 2012.
Q&A: Political polls and the 2016 election
Courtney Kennedy of Pew Research Center, who chaired survey researchers organization AAPOR’s task force on political polling in the 2016 U.S. elections, discuss the group’s findings and recommendations.
Most Americans oppose churches choosing sides in elections
There has long been a consensus that churches should not endorse specific candidates for public office, and a current law known as the Johnson Amendment prohibits them from involvement in political campaigns.
U.S. public sees Russian role in campaign hacking, but is divided over new sanctions
Among those aware of allegations, 72% say Russia was definitely or probably behind the hacks, versus 24% who think it was definitely or probably not.