Just four years ago, Republican leaders, coming off a presidential election in which their candidate received barely a quarter of the Hispanic vote, made a concerted push to reach a compromise on immigration reform. President Obama, too, elevated it as one of the top issues of his second term.
Back in 1992, Democratic strategist James Carville uttered his famous recommendation Bill Clinton ahead of the 1992 election: “It’s the economy, stupid!” Political scientists beat Carville to the punch, though: As far back as the 1950’s, scholars were uncovering evidence that presidential candidates of the incumbent party tend to win when the economy is strong on Election Day.
Sharp differences along lines of race and politics shape American attitudes toward the poor and poverty, according to a new survey of public opinion, which finds empathy toward the poor and deep skepticism about government antipoverty efforts.
A recent study from the Pew Research Center shows that contempt across the partisan divide is bitter and widespread. Respondents displayed a nasty animosity for the opposing side and showed little sign of tolerance for conflicting views.
The stock market nearing new highs? Bubble! Jobless claims at a 43-year low? The numbers must be fake! More than 20 million Americans gained health insurance? Obamacare can’t possibly be helping anyone because I know a guy who knows someone’s doctor who said…
After years of dysfunction, the state of American politics is clear: Washington, D.C. is broken, and the public is too divided to fix it. How did we reach this desperate point? Doug McAdam and Karina Kloos of Stanford University answer this question in Deeply Divided: Racial Politics and Social Movements in Postwar America. Our extreme partisanship has less […]
By Rebecca Bratek, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Although he made his career in politics, Jim Jeffords was a modest man who disliked cameras and speeches. In May 2001, however, the three-term senator from Vermont found himself in the spotlight when he quit the Republican Party and tipped the Senate into Democratic hands. The GOP, […]
By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — More than one-third of Republicans and just over a quarter of Democrats see the other party as a “threat to the nation’s well-being,” reflecting a widening partisan division in the country that has congealed into animosity and distrust. Through two decades of political battling across the presidencies […]
GETTYSBURG, PA — There were many poignant moments in President Obama’s speech in Normandy commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day. But two sentences he spoke at what he called “democracy’s beachhead” seemed especially resonant back home. “Whenever the world makes you cynical, stop and think of these men,” Obama said. “Whenever you lose hope, stop and […]
Jan. 10 (Bloomberg) — The Monkey Cage series summarizing what political scientists know — and don’t know — about partisan polarization continues to be outstanding, a real must-read for those who want to understand contemporary politics. Sean Theriault today draws a very important distinction between polarization and what he calls partisan warfare, which he describes […]
The percentage of Americans who describe themselves as “liberal” has reached an all-time high, according a Gallup poll released Friday. The poll finds that 23 percent of Americans self-identify as liberal, the highest such number since Gallup began measuring ideology in the current format in 1992. That figure, while rising, still lags far behind the […]
Show me the fraud. Show me the hordes of college students using fake IDs to cast votes for president. Show me the poor people boarding buses and trains or walking for miles so they can cast a vote in the wrong precinct using somebody else’s name. Show me throngs of citizens spending entire days traveling […]