Pew Research Center Nov. 14, 2006

Democrats Made Gains in All Regions of the Country

With roughly 95% of the votes tallied so far in House races across the country, the overall partisan breakdown is 52% for Democratic candidates, 46% for Republican candidates and 2% for others. In actual votes, Democratic House candidates in 2006 have already tallied nearly 5 million more votes than they did in 2002, while the Republican tally is down more than 3 million from four years ago.

U.S. Politics Nov. 14, 2006

The Real Message of the Midterms

A sweeping election tends to invite sweeping conclusions — and the Democrats’ takeover of both houses of Congress this November provides a tempting array of opportunities for exaggeration or misinterpretation. With that in mind, let’s look at the major lessons to be gleaned from the exit polls and opinion polls about how America voted this November.

Religion Nov. 1, 2006

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Partial Birth Abortion Cases

Revisiting a set of issues it last considered in 2000, a U.S. Supreme Court that has since become more conservative will hear oral arguments next week in two partial birth abortion cases. The changes in the court’s composition raise the possibility of a different outcome this time.

Pew Research Center Nov. 1, 2006

Voter Turnout and Congressional Change

In recent decades, there have been three basic ways that turnout has worked to produce the sort of “big wave” midterm that the Democrats are hoping for next week.

U.S. Politics Oct. 27, 2006

Lack of Competition in Elections Fails to Stir Public

The concern among some politicians and political experts over the lack of competitiveness in U.S. elections is generally not shared by the public. Moreover, voters appear to lack a clear sense of whether the elections in their own House districts are competitive or not.

Pew Research Center Sep. 5, 2006

How Often Do Members of Congress Tell the Truth?

Not often, two political scientists found. Plus, economists say they know why tall people earn more.

Pew Research Center Aug. 8, 2006

A Do-Nothing Congress That’s Done Too Much of the Wrong Thing

Approval ratings and reelect numbers are way down.

Pew Research Center Jun. 22, 2006

States Probe Limits of Abortion Policy

The U.S. Supreme Court may loom largest in the legal history of abortion in the United States, but state capitols from the 1800s to today have been the crucibles of America’s evolving abortion policies. Stateline.org highlights the pivotal role that states continue to play in setting abortion policy.

U.S. Politics Apr. 25, 2006

Congress Faces Record Public Discontent

Belief that this Congress has accomplished less than its predecessors is higher than at any point in the past nine years; Republican leaders take the blame.

U.S. Politics Mar. 7, 2006

Independents Sour on Incumbents

Allegations of corruption are fueling political discontent among independents, who are unhappy with Congress in general and their own representatives in particular.