Pew Research Center Nov. 20, 2006

America’s Optimists: More Republican, But Fewer of Them

Since 2000, people have become far more pessimistic and partisan in their views about the country’s future — and their own.

U.S. Politics Nov. 5, 2006

Republicans Cut Democratic Lead in Campaign’s Final Days

A nationwide Pew survey finds that the midterm election campaign has tightened considerably in the campaign’s final week. Among likely voters, 47% say they plan to vote for a Democratic congressional candidate on Tuesday and 43% say they plan to vote for a Republican.

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. 18, 2006

Evangelicals and the GOP: An Update

White evangelical Protestants have become the most important part of the Republican Party’s electoral base, making up nearly one-in-four of those who identify with the GOP and vote for its candidates. This analysis examines the current state of evangelical support for the GOP, in light of the approaching 2006 elections.

U.S. Politics Oct. 11, 2006

Growing Number of Liberal Democrats

About one-third of Democratic voters now describe themselves as liberal, an increase since 2000, when just one-in-four Democrats self-identified with the “L-word.” Meantime, some 41% of Democrats now call themselves moderate and 23% say they are conservatives.

U.S. Politics Oct. 11, 2006

November Turnout May Be High

Unlike the past three mid-term election campaigns, Democrats are more enthusiastic than Republicans about voting this year.

U.S. Politics Sep. 28, 2006

Blue States Get Even More Democratic

Red States Stay Red, Blue States Get Bluer, Swing States Deadlock

U.S. Politics May. 2, 2006

Will White Evangelicals Desert the GOP?

Although President Bush’s approval rating has declined as much among white evangelicals as among the public as a whole, so far evangelicals don’t seem likely to abandon the GOP this fall.