‘Canary in the coal mine’: Republicans fear Democratic wins mean more losses to come

A wave of Democratic victories ignited a ferocious debate across the Republican Party on Wednesday over whether President Trump’s unorthodox behavior and polarizing agenda are jeopardizing the GOP’s firm grip on power in Congress, governors’ mansions and state legislatures. The recriminations sparked by Tuesday’s results — a decisive rebuke of […] Read more »

America, a year later: The divided era of politics didn’t start with Trump’s victory. But it has gotten worse under his presidency.

One Election Night a year ago didn’t get us to this place. Long before Donald Trump upset Hillary Clinton for the presidency last year, the nation was facing steadily rising social and political tensions rooted in diverging reactions to the relentless economic, demographic and cultural changes reshaping American life. But […] Read more »

Rising concerns about American democracy

Our October 2017 survey results demonstrate rising concerns about American democracy over the past month. From September to October, ratings worsened on every dimension except civil violence. Further, democracy experts still see American political behavior in 2017 as firmly outside the norm for consolidated democracies. On average, experts rate a […] Read more »

Avoiding Trump, but Adopting His Divisive Playbook: Will It Work in Virginia?

Propelled by demographic changes that are turning Virginia into an increasingly blue state and a liberal base energized by the convulsive Trump presidency, Democrats have long been favored to retain the governorship here when the state goes to the polls on Tuesday. But a racially tinged, divisive campaign by the […] Read more »

America Is Not a ‘Center-Right Nation’

The Democratic Party has learned to stop worrying and love “big government” liberalism. The party’s top presidential prospects are advertising their ardor for socialized medicine, free public college, universal child care and paid family leave. … The party’s resident “sensible centrists” are horrified: “Has the entire Democratic Party forgotten the […] Read more »

The State of Free Speech and Tolerance in America

Nearly three-fourths (71%) of Americans believe that political correctness has done more to silence important discussions our society needs to have. A little more than a quarter (28%) instead believe that political correctness has done more to help people avoid offending others. CONT. Emily Ekins, Cato Institute Read more »

Most think political divisions as bad as Vietnam era, new poll shows

Seven in 10 Americans say the nation’s political divisions are at least as big as during the Vietnam War, according to a new poll, which also finds nearly 6 in 10 saying Donald Trump’s presidency is making the U.S. political system more dysfunctional. The Washington Post-University of Maryland poll — […] Read more »