Republicans More Optimistic than Democrats about Midterms
Less than a year out from the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans are more optimistic than Democrats about their party’s electoral prospects. But the “expectations gap” is far more modest now than it was prior to the 2010 election, when Republicans were brimming with confidence, or 2006, when most Democrats anticipated a midterm victory.
Study: Having daughters makes parents more likely to be Republican
Two sociologists have found that parents who have daughters are more inclined to support the GOP and turn a cold shoulder to Democrats.
JFK torchbearers now vote more Republican
Pew Research has tracked vote preference among different age cohorts in the past several presidential and midterm elections and looked at who was president when each cohort turned 18. By looking at likely voters from our pre-election surveys, we can see how each age cohort voted relative to the national average.
Andrew Kohut: The GOP Is in Better Shape Than You Think
By Andrew Kohut Tucked away in recent polls—which have documented the extraordinary anger directed at the Republican Party during the shutdown crisis—are measures of clear disappointment with the Democratic Party. The disappointment is substantial, and it raises big questions about the 2014 midterms. The Republican Party’s favorable ratings fell substantially in most every national survey […]
Republicans Divided Over Climate Change
As many Republicans say there is solid evidence of global warming as say there is not (46% each). Among those who agree with the Tea Party, 70% say there is not solid evidence of warming, while 61% of non-Tea Party Republicans say global warming does exist.
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.
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.
Tea Party’s Image Turns More Negative
The Tea Party is less popular than ever, with even many Republicans now viewing the movement negatively. Meanwhile, Senator Ted Cruz’s popularity has soared among Tea Party Republicans, while John Boehner’s image has suffered.
Nearly 4-in-10 voters don’t want to see their own lawmaker re-elected
The share of voters who say they don’t want to see their own representative re-elected is high as it’s been in two decades.
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.