Views on Experience vs. Outsider Status Pose a Potential Challenge for Trump

Americans prefer experience to outsider status in the next president and also give it a higher priority in an ABC News/Washington Post poll, a potential challenge for Donald Trump as he builds toward the general election campaign. … The poll also finds broad agreement that the next president should focus […] Read more »

Muslims, Mexicans, guns, gays and God

It’s not just Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton who are so different from each other. On the eve of back-to-back political conventions, Republicans and Democrats across the land see their neighbors, their country and their world through very different eyes, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll. Muslims, Mexicans, guns, gays […] Read more »

Creating a down-ballot Democratic wave

On Friday, Democracy Corps released our most recent national survey showing Hillary Clinton with an 11-point lead over Donald Trump (48 to 37 percent, with 8 percent for the Libertarian). Importantly, it showed the Democrats with an 8-point lead in the named congressional ballot (49 to 41 percent), something we […] Read more »

Will guns be a wedge issue in November?

… Ultimately, the importance of guns as an electoral issue rests on the answers to two related questions: Will more voters this year use an incumbent’s record on gun-control legislation to decide how to vote in November? And will those voters who place a greater importance on limiting guns make […] Read more »

The Politics of Firearms Control

The first serious effort by the federal government to control firearms was The National Firearms Act of 1934 …. The bill was passed on 18 June 1934. The Act taxed the sale of machine guns, sawed off shotguns or rifles, and silencers. … Unfortunately, from 1934 when firearms control was […] Read more »

Donald Trump’s big, bold response to terrorism is a big bust with Americans

Hillary Clinton has reestablished her advantage over Donald Trump on dealing with terrorism following the candidates’ very different reactions to the nation’s largest-ever mass shooting in Orlando, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. CONT. Emily Guskin & Scott Clement, Washington Post Read more »

Clinton Leads Trump on Orlando Massacre Response, Trust to Handle Terrorism

Americans overwhelmingly support barring gun purchases by individuals on the FBI’s terrorist watch list — an initiative that has thus far failed in Congress. And Hillary Clinton has moved ahead of Donald Trump in trust to handle terrorism, boosted by her response to the Orlando attack. CONT. Gregory Holyk, ABC […] Read more »