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.

Religion Jan. 31, 2006

Supreme Court’s Decision in Gonzales v. Oregon

The Pew Forum analyzes the Supreme Court’s January 17 decision that the 1970 Controlled Substances Act (CSA) does not give the U.S. attorney general the authority to prohibit Oregon doctors from prescribing lethal doses of drugs to certain terminally ill patients who want to end their own lives.

Internet & Tech Sep. 5, 2002

One year later: September 11 and the Internet