MethodsJanuary 7, 2016

Can Likely Voter Models Be Improved?

High-profile polling failures in recent elections have drawn attention to the challenges in using surveys to predict outcomes. Our study examines various methods of determining who is a likely voter.

February 23, 2015

6 facts about black Americans for Black History Month

Blacks have made progress on several fronts, including educational attainment and voting rates, but large gaps by race persist in areas such as wealth and poverty measures.

HispanicNovember 10, 2014

5 takeaways about the 2014 Latino vote

Would Latinos turn out to vote in greater numbers this year? Would the lack of action on immigration reform by President Obama and Congress depress voter turnout, or raise it? Here are five takeaways about Latino voters in this year’s midterm elections.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 31, 2014

The Party of Nonvoters

Americans who won’t be voting on Election Day are very different from likely voters: They’re younger, more racially diverse and more financially strapped.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 29, 2014

Registered voters, likely voters, turnout rates: What does it all mean to 2014 election forecasts?

How many Americans are likely to vote, and which voters in the survey are the likely voters? Important as these questions are, there is almost no consensus among the pollsters as to how to identify each of these groups.

U.S. PoliticsOctober 28, 2014

Fewer Voters Report Getting Robo-Calls, Campaign Ads Still Pervasive

Voters are reporting roughly similar levels of contact from political campaigns and groups as four years ago, but the share of voters who say they have received a phone call about the election has fallen 12 points since mid-October 2010, from 59% to 47%.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 24, 2014

GOP Has Midterm Voter Engagement Advantage

Republicans hold a clear advantage in voter engagement in this fall’s midterm elections, but it is more modest than it was in 2010. And anti-incumbent sentiment remains high.

U.S. PoliticsJuly 24, 2014

Voter turnout always drops off for midterm elections, but why?

Voter turnout, no matter how measured, is consistently lower in midterm elections compared to presidential election years. Political scientists aren’t sure why, but have some ideas.

April 9, 2014

Asian American voter turnout lags behind other groups; some non-voters say they’re ‘too busy’

Asian-American voters lag whites and blacks in turnout in midterm elections, an analysis of Census Bureau data shows.

Fact TankJune 25, 2013

In closely watched case, Supreme Court strikes down key section of Voting Rights Act

The Supreme Court today voided a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, meaning several states and local jurisdictions no longer have to get federal approval for changes to their voting laws and procedures. The 5-4 opinion, written by Chief Justice Roberts, didn’t strike down the “preclearance” provision of the law itself, but rather the decades-old […]