Americans: Trump Policies Favor Wealthy

A year after voters elected Donald Trump president, Trump continues to struggle to make in-roads with Americans beyond his base. Many residents view the president’s policies to be uneven. And, both the president’s job approval rating and his favorability score remain extremely lopsided. Looking ahead to the 2018 midterm elections, […] Read more »

GOP tax plans could fuel the suburban revolt against Trump

After a suburban firestorm in last week’s elections, House Speaker Paul Ryan is now asking his Republican members from suburbia to put out the fire with gasoline In the House of Representatives, Republicans representing white-collar districts were understandably unnerved by a roaring backlash against President Donald Trump in last week’s […] Read more »

Top Five Takeaways from the 2017 Elections

The 2017 elections were quite a revelation. Pretty much everywhere where the Republicans could have lost, they lost. … One must be cautious in reading too much into any one election, especially a non-federal one where electoral contests were irregularly scattered around the country. But there are some important takeaways […] Read more »

Trump Rated Best on Economy, Weaker on Other Issues

Americans continue to rate President Donald Trump better on the economy than on taxes, the situation with North Korea, foreign affairs and healthcare policy. Although the economy is a relative strength for him at 45% approval, more Americans (51%) disapprove of Trump’s handling of it. CONT. Megan Brenan, Gallup Read more »

Beyond Virginia: How America’s Big Counties Are Reshaping Politics

Whether they want it or not, the last year has given Americans a master class in political polarization. But the terminology commonly used to describe the peeling apart of the country’s Republican and Democratic factions — “red states and blue states,” “coastal elitists vs. flyover country” and the like — […] Read more »

Inside the Data: What the Virginia Election Results Mean for ‘18

The Democratic Party’s big wins in Virginia this week, from the governor’s race on down, have sparked intense if somewhat predictable reactions from the nation’s two major political parties. Democrats are hailing Governor-elect Ralph Northam’s win as evidence of an electorate that has turned decidedly against President Donald Trump, buoying […] Read more »

Trump dominates the GOP base. Party leaders live with the consequences.

The Republican Party has been plunged into ever more turmoil, thanks to the outcome of the off-year election in Virginia, the results of contests elsewhere around the country and an allegation of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore, the party’s candidate for Senate in Alabama. … Republicans have been dealing with […] Read more »