As Americans head to the polls, state and local governments viewed favorably
More than half of Americans express a favorable view of their state government.
Democrats hold small lead over Republicans in early look at midterm elections
More than a year ahead of the 2014 congressional elections, Democrats have a six-point edge when it comes to which party voters would support in their districts.
Study: Early voting associated with lower turnout
The country’s most widely adopted reform designed to make voting easier may lower the chances that an individual voter will go to the polls, according to a new study.
How the Lehman Bros. crisis impacted the 2008 presidential race
How the economic disaster that occurred just weeks before Election Day changed the media’s campaign coverage, and perhaps the outcome, of the presidential race.
The GOP’s new guard are the political young folk these days
The Republicans may have a new, younger guard to choose from in seeking the White House in 2016, but with ideological divisions in the party about policy, the GOP faces challenges in winning over younger voters.
Tea Party Republicans exert stronger influence in GOP primaries
There is a 17-point gap between the percentage of Tea Party Republicans (62%) and non-Tea Party Republicans (45%) who say they always vote in primary elections.
Both parties ’underwater’ heading into 2014 elections
Both parties currently are unpopular with the public, but as the GOP showed in 2010, a party with a low favorability rating can still score a sweeping victory in midterm elections.
The price that politicians pay for scandals
Becoming caught up in a serious ethics scandal isn’t necessarily a career-ender for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. It turns out only about a quarter exit the political stage through resignation or retirement. The rest choose to seek re-election despite the blot on their records—and two-thirds of them win. This scandal scorecard comes […]
Sanford, Weiner and Spitzer: Trying to overcome the headlines from their scandals
Three politicians who were forced from office by scandal are currently attempting comebacks. They are trying to overcome misdeeds that put them in the top five political scandals of recent years as measured by the amount of news coverage.
In closely watched case, Supreme Court strikes down key section of Voting Rights Act
The Supreme Court today voided a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, meaning several states and local jurisdictions no longer have to get federal approval for changes to their voting laws and procedures. The 5-4 opinion, written by Chief Justice Roberts, didn’t strike down the “preclearance” provision of the law itself, but rather the decades-old […]