Only 1 in 7 House districts were competitive in 2012
In last year’s elections, winners won by at least 10 points in all but 62 of the 435 House districts.
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.
Tea Party Republicans have a love-hate relationship with government
Tea Party Republicans like some federal agencies as much as Democrats do.
Public Closely Tracks Shutdown Resolution
The public closely tracked the resolution to the government shutdown and increase in the debt limit, with nearly half (49%) saying they followed news very closely and 30% saying they followed news somewhat closely.
Supreme Court’s DOMA decision driving same-sex marriage efforts in states
Same-sex couples were able to get married in New Jersey starting today when a court order went into effect ordering the state to recognize them. Gay rights advocates have stepped up their efforts to end prohibitions on gay marriage in at least 20 states.
Trust in Government Nears Record Low
Public trust in the government, already quite low, has edged even lower in a survey conducted just before the Oct. 16 agreement to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.
The tough job of being House speaker
During their terms as Speaker of the House, both Republican leader John Boehner and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi experienced similar trajectories in their favorability ratings.
A majority of Americans want their lawmakers to put district wishes over national interests
A majority of the public says members of Congress should base their vote on the wishes of their district over the interest of the country.
More Concern About the Debt Limit, But Skepticism Persists
Public concern over breaching the debt limit deadline has risen only slightly from a week ago. Among those who see no dire economic consequences from missing the Thursday deadline, most say there is no need to raise the debt limit at all.
Public says dysfunctional government is nation’s top problem
A Gallup poll finds 33% of Americans cite dissatisfaction with government and elected representatives as the nation’s top issue.