Trump’s Confederate statue stance grew from success with ‘identity politics’

For two long days, President Trump’s responses to the violent events in Charlottesville has been recorded as a disaster. … Trump has been here before. The president’s ability to dive into controversies and come safely out the other end has given pause to critics, right and left, who wonder how […] Read more »

Partisan Right-Wing Websites Shaped Mainstream Press Coverage Before 2016 Election, Berkman Klein Study Finds

The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University today released a comprehensive analysis of online media and social media coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign. The report, “Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election,” documents how highly partisan right-wing sources helped shape […] Read more »

The Obama-Trump Voters Are Real. Here’s What They Think.

The story of the 2016 presidential election is simple. Donald J. Trump made huge gains among white voters without a college degree. His gains were large enough to cancel out considerable losses among well-educated white voters and a decade of demographic shifts. There are questions and details still up for […] Read more »

Would you even care if he was guilty?

… The most recent Quinnipiac University poll found that 57 percent of respondents believe Trump was abusing the powers of office, 62 percent said he was not being honest and 58 percent said they thought he was interfering with the investigation. But let’s dig a little deeper. While Trump’s job […] Read more »

Historical Trends in White Political Behavior Along Educational Lines

A longstanding topic of interest, the voting behavior of working class white population–and socioeconomic divides in voting patterns more broadly–once again attracted considerable attention during and after the 2016 election. Some assessments that have historically contextualized the low SES white vote have showed that this group voted more Republican than […] Read more »

Bad News For House Republicans: Clinton Won’t Be On The Ballot In 2018

… Midterm elections are different from those that take place in presidential election years. And midterm elections that take place with an unpopular president in office are very different from presidential election years that have two historically unpopular candidates at the top of the major-party tickets. Republican congressional candidates in […] Read more »

Hillary Clinton is less popular than Donald Trump because nobody will let the 2016 election end

Most of the time, the candidates who lose presidential elections collect a consolation prize: grudging public respect. … Within six months or so, people ask themselves: “Hey, why couldn’t this loser have shown this side of himself last year? I’d have voted for him!” Enter: Hillary Clinton, the first modern candidate […] Read more »