Fact Tank Oct. 6, 2015

GOP speaker hopefuls have served far less time in House than predecessors

Long years of service have been the norm for past speakers, most of whom had accumulated twice as much time in the House as today’s candidates before wielding the gavel.

U.S. Politics Oct. 2, 2015

Contrasting Partisan Perspectives on Campaign 2016

Republicans now want new ideas and a different approach in a presidential candidate rather than experience and a proven record, while Democrats are more divided on which qualities they prefer.

Fact Tank Jul. 23, 2015

The 2016 GOP field has a bumper crop of Catholic candidates

Only three Roman Catholics have ever run for president on a major party ticket, and all were Democrats. But that may be about to change. So far six Catholics (including some early favorites) are running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

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.